hamfat

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ham + fat.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hamfat (plural hamfats)

  1. (US, slang, offensive, obsolete) A black person.
  2. (US, black slang, obsolete) Something average; a mediocre thing or person, especially a jazz musician.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 49:
      Around the poolroom I defended the guys I felt were my real brothers, the colored musicians who made music that sent me, not a lot of beat-up old hamfats who sang and played a commercial excuse for the real thing.