ham

Ham is a type of pork, or meat that comes from a pig. If you order a ham sandwich at a deli, you'll get a pile of thinly-sliced meat between two slices of bread.

Most ham is preserved in some way, either smoked or salted, and traditionally this meat comes from a hog's hind legs. For many people who celebrate Easter, ham is a typical main dish. Ham, defined in the 1630s as "meat from the hind leg of a pig," comes from the Old English hamm, "hollow or bend of the knee." If you're a performer described as a ham, it means your acting is way too theatrical or exaggerated.

Primary Meanings of ham

1.
n
meat cut from the thigh of a hog (usually smoked)
2.
nv
an unskilled actor who overacts
exaggerate one's acting
3.
n
a licensed amateur radio operator
Full Definitions of ham
1

n meat cut from the thigh of a hog (usually smoked)

Synonyms:
gammon, jambon
Types:
Virginia ham
a lean hickory-smoked ham; has dark red meat
prosciutto
Italian salt-cured ham usually sliced paper thin
Type of:
cut of pork
cut of meat from a hog or pig
2

n an unskilled actor who overacts

Synonyms:
ham actor
Type of:
actor, histrion, player, role player, thespian
a theatrical performer

v exaggerate one's acting

Synonyms:
ham it up, overact, overplay
Antonyms:
underact, underplay
act (a role) with great restraint
Type of:
act, play, playact, roleplay
perform on a stage or theater
3

n a licensed amateur radio operator

Type of:
radio operator
someone who operates a radio transmitter

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