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butter-ham (plural butter-hams)
- (obsolete) A slice of buttered bread.
- 1771, Charles Davenant, Charles Whitworth, The Political And Commercial Works, page 240:
- Faith, I was within ams-ace of being found out ; for one night at a mum-house, where I was eating a butter-ham and pickled herrings, with some of the states, and where I was giving my self airs of greatness and interest in my country, swearing I myself would take care that my country, and three counties round about me, should choose none but hearty Whigs.
- 1871, Lewis Baxter Monroe, Public and Parlor Readings, page 107:
- Give me a butterham, with flesh, and a half-bottle wine.
- (archaic) One of two strips of trim on either side of a cloak.
- 2003, Cynthia Lowenthal, Performing Identities on the Restoration Stage, →ISBN, page 89:
- A cloak, half a yard shorter than the Breeches, not through lin'd, but fac'd as far as 'twas turned back, with a pair of frugal butter-hams.
- (North Yorkshire) a person who is overly ostentatious in their dress or actions.
- Survey of English Dialects - British Library
- The Accents of English Volume 2 - J.C. Wells