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hammy1

[ham-ee] /ˈhæm i/
adjective, hammier, hammiest.
1.
resembling ham in taste, flavor, appearance, etc.
Origin of hammy1
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; ham1 + -y1

hammy2

[ham-ee] /ˈhæm i/
adjective, hammier, hammiest.
1.
characteristic of a person who overacts.
2.
overacted.
Origin
First recorded in 1925-30; ham2 + -y1
Related forms
hammily, adverb
hamminess, noun
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  • Hamilton is really quite a wonderful cook; aren't you, hammy, dear?

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • "It's real milk, hammy, not condensed," the soft voice pleaded.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Go to the front, hammy,” said the accountant, “and take the first shot this time.

    The Young Fur Traders R.M. Ballantyne
  • The hammy boy is particularly anxious to have his love sent to "Misr Creedy."

  • The buyers much dislike any foreign smell, any mouldy, hammy, or cheesy odour.

    Cocoa and Chocolate Arthur W. Knapp
  • hammy, in manly fashion, offered a hand—the left—the right arm being occupied with the box of toys.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
British Dictionary definitions for hammy

hammy

/ˈhæmɪ/
adjective (informal) -mier, -miest
1.
(of an actor) overacting or tending to overact
2.
(of a play, performance, etc) overacted or exaggerated
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