flam

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See also: Flam and flám

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

17th century; from flim-flam,[1] itself perhaps from a dialectal word or Scandinavian; compare Old Norse flim (lampoon, mockery).[2]

Noun[edit]

flam (countable and uncountable, plural flams)

  1. A freak or whim; an idle fancy.
  2. A falsehood; a lie; an illusory pretext; deception; delusion.
    • 1692
      All pretences to the contrary are nothing but cant and cheat, flam and delusion.[1]
    • South
      a perpetual abuse and flam upon posterity
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Verb[edit]

flam (third-person singular simple present flams, present participle flamming, simple past and past participle flammed)

  1. (obsolete) To deceive with a falsehood.
    • South
      God is not to be flammed off with lies.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Imitative.

Noun[edit]

flam (plural flams)

  1. (drumming) Two taps (a grace note followed by a full-volume tap) played very close together in order to sound like one slightly longer note.
Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Flimflam / Claptrap, The Word Detective, 2009–04–13
  2. ^ flam” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.

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Catalan[edit]

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Noun[edit]

flam m (plural flams)

  1. flan (custard dessert)

Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

flam (plural flams)

  1. flame

Declension[edit]