Hammer

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See also: hammer, hämmer, and Hämmer

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Shortened West Ham +‎ -er, with a pun on hammer.

Noun[edit]

Hammer (plural Hammers)

  1. (soccer) someone connected with West Ham Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.

Proper noun[edit]

Hammer

  1. A surname​.

Statistics[edit]

  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Hammer is the 1,661st most common surname in the United States, belonging to 21,709 individuals. Hammer is most common among White (92.82%) individuals.

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German hamer, from Old High German hamar, from Proto-Germanic *hamaraz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱmoros, from *h₂éḱmō (stone).

Compare Low German Hamer, Dutch hamer, English hammer, West Frisian hammer, Danish hammer, Swedish hammare.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈhamɐ/
  • Rhymes: -amɐ
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Noun[edit]

Hammer m (genitive Hammers, plural Hämmer or Hammer, diminutive Hämmerchen n or Hämmerlein n)

  1. hammer, mallet
    Synonym: Mottek (regional)
    Er schlug sich mit dem Hammer auf den Daumen.
    He hit his thumb with the hammer.
  2. (informal) sensation
    Die Entlassung des Ministers war ein Hammer.
    The minister's dismissal was a sensation.
  3. (sports) a hard shot, slam
    Der Torwart parierte einen Hammer von der Strafraumgrenze.
    The keeper saved a hard shot from the 18-yard line.
  4. (informal) (with sein) to be awesome
    Ihr seid der Hammer!
    You all are awesome!

Usage notes[edit]

  • The unchanged plural Hammer is rather often heard for senses 2 and 3. In the concrete sense “hammer”, it would be non-standard.

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Pennsylvania German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German hamer, from Old High German hamar. Compare German Hammer, Dutch hamer, English hammer.

Noun[edit]

Hammer m (plural Hammer)

  1. hammer