- something that is not what it purports to be; a spurious imitation; fraud or hoax.
- a person who shams; shammer.
- a cover or the like for giving a thing a different outward appearance: a pillow sham.
- pretended; counterfeit; feigned: sham attacks; a sham Gothic façade.
- designed, made, or used as a sham.
- to produce an imitation of.
- to assume the appearance of; pretend to have: to sham illness.
- to make a false show of something; pretend.
Origin of sham
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Examples from the Web for shamming
The constable did not know whether he was shamming or not, but he took no risks.In the Midst of Alarms
When it looked last night as if it hung right over our heads, it was shamming.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Possibly he's shamming, now; though he was stunned, as well as half-suffocated.'Against Odds
Lawrence L. Lynch
And with this viewpoint, there was no shamming about the old man's expressions of friendship.
You know I was shamming when I acted as though I had lost my identity.
- anything that is not what it purports or appears to be
- something false, fake, or fictitious that purports to be genuine
- a person who pretends to be something other than he is
- counterfeit or false; simulated
- to falsely assume the appearance of (something); counterfeitto sham illness
Word Origin and History for shamming
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.