ham

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English[edit]

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A baked ham (cured thigh of hog)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English hamme, from Old English hamm (inner or hind part of the knee, ham), from Proto-Germanic *hamō, *hammō, *hanmō, from Proto-Indo-European *kanam-, *knāmā (thigh, shin). Cognate with Dutch ham (ham), dialectal German Hamme (hind part of the knee, ham), dialectal Swedish ham (the hind part of the knee), Icelandic höm (the ham or haunch of a horse), Middle Irish cnáim (bone), Ancient Greek κνήμη (knḗmē, shinbone). Compare gammon.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ham (plural hams)

  1. (anatomy) The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock.
  2. (countable) A thigh and buttock of an animal slaughtered for meat.
  3. (uncountable) Meat from the thigh of a hog cured for food.
    a little piece of ham for the cat
    • (Can we date this quote?), Audra Lilly Griffeth, A King's Daughter (ISBN 146915532X):
      She put some ham in the beans and cut up some sweet potatoes to boil.
  4. The back of the thigh.
  5. (Internet, informal) Electronic mail that is wanted; mail that is not spam or junk mail.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English hām.

Noun[edit]

ham (uncountable)

  1. Obsolete spelling of home.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Persists in many old place names, such as Buckingham.

References[edit]

  • ham” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Etymology 3[edit]

Shortened from hamfatter (inferior actor), said to derive from the 1863 minstrel show song The Ham-fat Man.[1]

Noun[edit]

ham (plural hams)

  1. An overacting or amateurish performer; an actor with an especially showy or exaggerated style.
  2. An amateur radio operator.
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Verb[edit]

ham (third-person singular simple present hams, present participle hamming, simple past and past participle hammed)

  1. To overact; to act with exaggerated emotions.
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Anagrams[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ham", Online Etymology Dictionary

Catalan[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin hamus.

Noun[edit]

ham m (plural hams)

  1. fishhook

Danish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse hamr.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ham c (singular definite hammen, plural indefinite hamme)

  1. slough, skin
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Inflection[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

See han.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ham

  1. (personal) objective case of han
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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hamō, *hammō, *hanmō, from Proto-Indo-European *kanam-, *knāmā (thigh, shin).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ham f (plural hammen, diminutive hammetje n)

  1. ham

Fyer[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to Gerka ram (water).

Noun[edit]

ham

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, volume 3: m- (2007, ISBN 9789004164123), page 201:
    [] we should carefully distinguish the following Ch. roots from AA *m-ˀ "water" [GT]:
    (1) Ch. *h-m "water" [GT]: WCh. *hama [Stl.]: AS *ham (Gmy. *hām) [GT 2004, 153] = *am [Stl. 1977] = *ham [Dlg.] = *ham [Stl. 1987]: [] Ron *ham [GT]: Fyer & Bks. & DB & Sha ham, Klr. ˀaàm []

Irish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [haːmˠ], [hamˠ]

Noun[edit]

ham m

  1. h-prothesized form of am

Mehri[edit]

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Noun[edit]

ham

  1. name

Middle English[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ham

  1. them

Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

ham m (plural hams)

  1. village

Montol[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to Sura am (water).

Noun[edit]

hàm

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, volume 3: m- (2007, ISBN 9789004164123), page 201:
    [] we should carefully distinguish the following Ch. roots from AA *m-ˀ "water" [GT]:
    (1) Ch. *h-m "water" [GT]: WCh. *hama [Stl.]: AS *ham (Gmy. *hām) [GT 2004, 153] = *am [Stl. 1977] = *ham [Dlg.] = *ham [Stl. 1987]: [] Tal hàm [Jng./JI], Mnt. hàm "Wasser" [Jng. 1965, 171], []

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ham

  1. him

Old English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hamō-. Cognate with Middle Dutch hamme (Dutch ham), Old High German hamma (dialectal German Hamm), Old Norse hǫm.

Noun[edit]

ham f

  1. (anatomy) ham, inner knee
    Monegum men gescrincaþ his fet to his homme: with many men the feet shrink up to the knee. (Leechbook)
Descendants[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hammaz. Cognate with Old Frisian ham, Middle Low German hamme (Low German Hamm).

Noun[edit]

ham m

  1. enclosure, especially an enclosed pasture or dwelling

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *haimaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kōim- (village), *ḱóymos, *(t)ḱoimos. Cognate with Old Frisian hām (West Frisian hiem), Old Saxon hēm, Frankish *haim (Dutch heem), Old High German heim (German Heim), Old Norse heimr (Swedish hem, Danish hjem), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌹𐌼𐍃 (haims). The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek κωμη (komi), Old Irish cóim, Lithuanian šeimà, Russian семья (semʹja).

Noun[edit]

hām m

  1. home, house; property, estate
    Hælend com to Lazares ham: the Saviour came to the home of Lazarus.
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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of Germanic origin, probably Frankish

Noun[edit]

ham m (oblique plural hams, nominative singular hams, nominative plural ham)

  1. village

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Rohingya[edit]

Noun[edit]

ham

  1. work

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Onomatopoeic.

Interjection[edit]

ham!

  1. woof, the sound a barking dog makes

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Ron[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to Gerka ram (water).

Noun[edit]

ham

  1. (all dialects, including Bokkos, Daffo-Butura, Shagawu) water

References[edit]

  • Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, volume 3: m- (2007, ISBN 9789004164123), page 201:
    [] we should carefully distinguish the following Ch. roots from AA *m-ˀ "water" [GT]:
    (1) Ch. *h-m "water" [GT]: WCh. *hama [Stl.]: AS *ham (Gmy. *hām) [GT 2004, 153] = *am [Stl. 1977] = *ham [Dlg.] = *ham [Stl. 1987]: [] Ron *ham [GT]: Fyer & Bks. & DB & Sha ham, Klr. ˀaàm []

Tal[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to Sura am (water).

Noun[edit]

hàm

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, volume 3: m- (2007, ISBN 9789004164123), page 201:
    [] we should carefully distinguish the following Ch. roots from AA *m-ˀ "water" [GT]:
    (1) Ch. *h-m "water" [GT]: WCh. *hama [Stl.]: AS *ham (Gmy. *hām) [GT 2004, 153] = *am [Stl. 1977] = *ham [Dlg.] = *ham [Stl. 1987]: [] Tal hàm [Jng./JI], Mnt. hàm "Wasser" [Jng. 1965, 171], []

Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Persian خام (xâm).

Adjective[edit]

ham (comparative daha ham, superlative en ham)

  1. raw