gammon

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French gambon (compare modern French jambon (ham)), from gambe, from Late Latin *gamba.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

gammon (plural gammons)

  1. The lower or hind part of a side of bacon.

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Verb[edit]

gammon (third-person singular simple present gammons, present participle gammoning, simple past and past participle gammoned)

  1. To cure bacon by salting.

Etymology 2[edit]

Probably a special use of Middle English gamen (game).

Noun[edit]

gammon (plural gammons)

  1. (backgammon) A victory in backgammon achieved when the opponent has not taken a single stone; (also, rarely, backgammon, the game itself).

Related terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

gammon (third-person singular simple present gammons, present participle gammoning, simple past and past participle gammoned)

  1. (backgammon) To beat by a gammon (without the opponent taking a stone).

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Etymology 3[edit]

Perhaps related to the first etymology, with reference to tying up a ham.

Noun[edit]

gammon (plural gammons)

  1. (nautical) A rope fastening a bowsprit to the stem of a ship (usually called a gammoning).

Verb[edit]

gammon (third-person singular simple present gammons, present participle gammoning, simple past and past participle gammoned)

  1. To lash with ropes (on a ship).

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Etymology 4[edit]

Perhaps a special use of the word from etymology 2.

Noun[edit]

gammon (plural gammons)

  1. (dated) Chatter, ridiculous nonsense.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers to this entry?)

Verb[edit]

gammon (third-person singular simple present gammons, present participle gammoning, simple past and past participle gammoned)

  1. (colloquial, dated) To deceive, to lie plausibly.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, The Unknown Ajax:
      And no use for anyone to tell Charles that this was because the Family was in mourning for Mr Granville Darracott […]: Charles might only have been second footman at Darracott Place for a couple of months when that disaster occurred, but no one could gammon him into thinking that my lord cared a spangle for his heir.