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gammon

1

[ gam-uhn ]

noun

  1. the game of backgammon.
  2. a victory in which the winner throws off all their pieces before the opponent throws off any.


verb (used with object)

  1. to win a gammon over.

gammon

2

[ gam-uhn ]

noun

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

gammon

3

[ gam-uhn ]

noun

  1. deceitful nonsense; bosh.

verb (used without object)

  1. to talk gammon.
  2. to make pretense.

verb (used with object)

  1. to humbug.

gammon

1

/ ˈɡæmən /

noun

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


verb

  1. tr to score a gammon over

gammon

2

/ ˈɡæmən /

noun

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

gammon

3

/ ˈɡæmən /

noun

  1. deceitful nonsense; humbug

verb

  1. to deceive (a person)

gammon

4

/ ˈɡæmən /

verb

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

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Derived Forms

  • ˈgammoner, noun

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Other Words From

  • gammon·er noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of gammon1

First recorded in 1690–1700; perhaps special use of Middle English gamen game 1

Origin of gammon2

First recorded in 1480–90; from Old French gambon “ham” ( French jambon ), derivative of gambe; jamb 1

Origin of gammon3

First recorded in 1710–20; perhaps special use of gammon 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of gammon1

C18: probably special use of Middle English gamen game 1

Origin of gammon2

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

Origin of gammon3

C18: perhaps special use of gammon ²

Origin of gammon4

C18: perhaps related to gammon 1, with reference to the tying up of a ham

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Example Sentences

Gibbon fancies he was at one time an unscrupulous bacon dealer, and that he finally did considerable business in religious gammon.

To one who came to him to be his disciple, he gave a gammon of bacon to carry and desired him to follow him.

Either it was gammon on his part, or else the work of my father's imagination.'

They take a fiendish delight in torturing us with tantrums, galling us with gammon, and pelting us with platitudes.

Master Gammon remarked emphatically, once and for all, that "he never had much opinion of London."

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