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ham +‎ -y.



hammy (comparative hammier, superlative hammiest)

  1. Resembling ham.
  2. Amateurish; characterized by overacting.


hammy (plural hammies)

  1. (US, Australia, New Zealand, chiefly sports, slang) Clipping of hamstring; a hamstring injury.
    • 1999, Melissa Lucashenko, Hard Yards, University of Queensland Press, page 129,
      He put his palms flat on the ground, then grabbed the back of his knees, stretching his hammies for the millionth time that morning.
    • 2000, Mark B. Andersen, Doing Sport Psychology[1], page 96:
      A: I′m only just getting fully fit now after that hammy [hamstring tear].
    • 2003, John Capouya, Real Men Do Yoga: 21 Star Athletes Reveal Their Secrets for Strength, Flexibility and Peak Performance[2], page 150:
      “A move like this would have been inpossible for me before yoga,” he said. “Flexibilty-wise, I was struggling. My hammies were tight, my groin was tight. My hips have really benefited.”
    • 2003 June 10, Andrew Swan, “Good complementary exercise to cycling?”, in aus.bicycle, Usenet:
      I've noticed that although cycling keeps me reasonably "cardio fit", I am losing general flexibility, e.g. when touching my toes. This is despite me stretching my quads, calves, and hammies during and after my training rides.
    • 2004, J. L. Roberts, Braggin' Rights: Fantasy Football Rewind 2004 (2003 Season Recap), AuthorHouse USA, page 83,
      A slow start and hammy injury were major contributors.
    • 2009 March 26, Phil, “So Cousins does a hammy”, in aus.sport.aussie-rules, Usenet:
      Why he went back on after 3/4 time is beyond me. If he was trying to prove a point he has all season to do that not do your hammy in the first game.
  2. (informal, childish) A hamster.