sham

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʃæm/
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  • Rhymes: -æm

Etymology 1[edit]

Probably a dialectal form of shame.

Adjective[edit]

sham

  1. Intended to deceive; false.
    It was only a sham wedding: they didn't care much for one another, but wanted their parents to stop hassling them.
  2. counterfeit; unreal
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Noun[edit]

sham (countable and uncountable, plural shams)

  1. A fake; an imitation that purports to be genuine.
    The time-share deal was a sham.
  2. Trickery, hoaxing.
    A con-man must be skilled in the arts of sham and deceit.
  3. A false front, or removable ornamental covering.
  4. A decorative cover for a pillow.
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Verb[edit]

sham (third-person singular simple present shams, present participle shamming, simple past and past participle shammed)

  1. To deceive, cheat, lie.
  2. To obtrude by fraud or imposition.
  3. To assume the manner and character of; to imitate; to ape; to feign.
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Noun[edit]

sham (uncountable)

  1. (slang) Champagne.
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of William Makepeace Thackeray to this entry?)
      So I orders a bottle, as if for myself; and, 'Ma'am,' says I, 'will you take a glass of Sham — just one?'

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Karakalpak[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic شمع

Noun[edit]

sham

  1. candle

Uzbek[edit]

Other scripts
Cyrillic шам
Roman sham
Perso-Arabic ‍‍

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic شمع

Noun[edit]

sham (plural shamlar)

  1. candle