gammon

1
[gam-uh n]Backgammon.

noun

the game of backgammon.
a victory in which the winner throws off all his or her pieces before the opponent throws off any.

verb (used with object)

to win a gammon over.

Origin of gammon

1
1720–30; perhaps special use of Middle English gamen game1

gammon

2
[gam-uh n]

noun

a smoked or cured ham.
the lower end of a side of bacon.

Origin of gammon

2
1480–90; < Old French gambon ham (French jambon), derivative of gambe; see jamb1

gammon

3
[gam-uh n]British Informal.

noun

deceitful nonsense; bosh.

verb (used without object)

to talk gammon.
to make pretense.

verb (used with object)

to humbug.

Origin of gammon

3
First recorded in 1710–20; perhaps special use of gammon1
Related formsgam·mon·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for gammon

Historical Examples of gammon

  • During the sticky flow of her words, he knew she was trying to gammon him.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • "That's all very pretty, but it 's all gammon in my opinion," responded Henry.

    The Old Folks' Party

    Edward Bellamy

  • It's no use, dame Peake; they won't be gammon'd, take notice.

    The English Spy

    Bernard Blackmantle

  • With a rowley, powley, gammon and spinach;Heigho, says Anthony Rowley.

  • I did not like that, still my nerves were firm, for I knew it was all gammon.


British Dictionary definitions for gammon

gammon

1

noun

a cured or smoked ham
the hindquarter of a side of bacon, cooked either whole or cut into large rashers

Word Origin for gammon

C15: from Old Northern French gambon, from gambe leg; see gambrel

gammon

2

noun

a double victory in backgammon in which one player throws off all his pieces before his opponent throws any
archaic the game of backgammon

verb

(tr) to score a gammon over

Word Origin for gammon

C18: probably special use of Middle English gamen game 1

gammon

3

noun

deceitful nonsense; humbug

verb

to deceive (a person)
Derived Formsgammoner, noun

Word Origin for gammon

C18: perhaps special use of gammon ²

gammon

4

verb

(tr) nautical to fix (a bowsprit) to the stemhead of a vessel

Word Origin for gammon

C18: perhaps related to gammon 1, with reference to the tying up of a ham
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Word Origin and History for gammon
n.

early 15c., "ham or haunch of a swine," from Old North French gambon "ham" (French jambon), from gambe "leg," from Late Latin gamba "leg of an animal" (see gambol (n.)).

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