When she found that it was not shamming, she crept softly to the bed where the four girls slept and changed their places.
It's just too sweet of her, any way, even if she's shamming.
Come, come; don't stand there shedding your crocodile tears; you are found out, and may as well leave off shamming any more.
We thought that they were shamming, and treated them like the rest.
I treated him rather severely, convinced that he was shamming, and he set up a most uncanny howling.
None the less, watching Kathryn, she could not in sincerity accuse her of any shamming.
“He is shamming, Nat, like a very bashful boy,” said Uncle Dick.
The constable did not know whether he was shamming or not, but he took no risks.
You're not shamming ennui, are you, to imitate your swell acquaintances?
Possibly he's shamming, now; though he was stunned, as well as half-suffocated.'
1670s, "a trick, a hoax, a fraud," also as a verb and an adjective, of uncertain origin; the words burst into use in 1677. Perhaps from sham, a northern dialectal variant of shame (n.); a derivation OED finds "not impossible." Sense of "something meant to be mistaken for something else" is from 1728. The meaning "false front" in pillow-sham (1721) is from the notion of "counterfeit." Related: Shammed; shamming; shammer. Shamateur "amateur sportsman who acts like a professional" is from 1896.