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[heym] /heɪm/
either of two curved pieces lying upon the collar in the harness of an animal, to which the traces are fastened.
Origin of hame
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle Dutch Unabridged
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  • Nasmyth fancied hames was relieved that no more was expected from him.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • Acton went into the hotel with hames, and there was an awkward silence when they had disappeared.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • They do look kinder like a set of hames that ain't been treated kindly, don't they?

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
  • The usual custom is to put the collar on with the hames attached.

    Riding and Driving Edward L. Anderson
  • Fuils that ye are, would ye lose your guid fame with your hames?

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • The fall of Calais was succeeded by that of Guisnes and of hames.

  • From the bottom of these hames ran a broad strap of leather.

    Triple Spies Roy J. Snell
  • Of course this all happened some years ago, when the home at hames was broken up.

    The Professional Aunt Mary C.E. Wemyss
  • Anyhow, it's a good thing it wasn't some one else who got hames.

    The Professional Aunt Mary C.E. Wemyss
British Dictionary definitions for hames


(Irish, informal) make a hames of, to spoil through clumsiness or ineptitude
Word Origin
of unknown origin


either of the two curved bars holding the traces of the harness, attached to the collar of a draught animal
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Dutch hame; related to Middle High German hame fishing rod


noun, adverb
a Scot word for home
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