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[sham-ee] /ˈʃæm i/
noun, plural shammies, verb, shammied, shammying.
chamois (defs 2–4, 6, 7). Unabridged
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  • Here was the "shammy," and if he would excuse her, she would make up her rolls.

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame Laura E. Richards
  • That's what I have decided to call my shammy when I get him because he will wiggle.

    Mollie and the Unwiseman Abroad John Kendrick Bangs
  • Josiah iled up the old double harness and washed the democrat off and rubbed it down with shammy skin till it shone like glass.

    Samantha at Coney Island Marietta Holley
British Dictionary definitions for shammy


noun (pl) -mies
(informal) another word for chamois (sense 3) Also called shammy leather
Word Origin
C18: variant, influenced by the pronunciation, of chamois
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Word Origin and History for shammy

1650s, phonetic spelling of chamois. Other bungled spellings include shambo (1610s), shamois, shamoys, shammies. Cf. shay from chaise; shappo (1700) for chapeau; shapperoon (1620s) for chaperon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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