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ham +‎ bone


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hambone (plural hambones)

  1. The bone at the center of a ham
    • 2009 February 22, J. David Goodman, “The Night of the Foot”, in New York Times[1]:
      Perhaps I was afraid of being laughed at if the mysterious item turned out to be a hambone, a distinct possibility.
  2. (US slang, acting) A ham; an eager or inferior performer
    • 1946, Radio Alphabet: A Glossary of Radio Terms, Hastings House, page 38:
      HAMBONE — An unconvincing blackface dialectician.
    • 2009 February 15, Rob Salem, “When comedy geniuses unite”, in Toronto Star[2]:
      Ferrell is the ubiquitous hambone, an affably oblivious man-child prone to shirtless prancing onscreen.
  3. (music, dance) A certain type of dance that involves making noise with the body, especially by slapping parts of the body with one's hands
  4. (bowling, informal) Four consecutive strikes.


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hambone (third-person singular simple present hambones, present participle hamboning, simple past and past participle hamboned)

  1. (intransitive) To dance the hambone.