- a canned food product consisting especially of pork formed into a solid block.
- (lowercase) Digital Technology. disruptive online messages, especially commercial messages posted on a computer network or sent as email (often used attributively): Install spam blocker software and keep your email spam filters updated to protect your accounts from unsolicited spam.
- (lowercase) Digital Technology. (of promotional content on the Internet) irrelevant or misdirected: The search engine delivered spam websites that had nothing to do with my keywords.
- (lowercase) Digital Technology. to send spam to.
- (lowercase) Digital Technology. to execute (an action) or use (an item) rapidly or repeatedly in a video game: Spam the attack button as soon as the fight begins.
- (lowercase) Digital Technology. to send spam.
Origin of Spam
- to send unsolicited electronic mail or text messages simultaneously to a number of e-mail addresses or mobile phones
- unsolicited electronic mail or text messages sent in this way
- trademark a kind of tinned luncheon meat, made largely from pork
Word Origin and History for spammed
proprietary name registered by Geo. A. Hormel & Co. in U.S., 1937; probably a conflation of spiced ham. Soon extended to other kinds of canned meat. In the sense of "Internet junk mail" it was coined by Usenet users after March 31, 1993, when Usenet administrator Richard Depew inadvertently posted the same message 200 times to a discussion group. The term had been used in online text games, and it was from the comedy routine in British TV show "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (beloved by many intellectual geeks) where a restaurant's menu items all devolve into spam.
Unsolicited, undesired e-mail. Also used as a verb. Spam is the e-mail version of junk mail.