- the game of backgammon.
- a victory in which the winner throws off all his or her pieces before the opponent throws off any.
- to win a gammon over.
Origin of gammon1
1720–30; perhaps special use of Middle English gamen game1
- a smoked or cured ham.
- the lower end of a side of bacon.
Origin of gammon2
1480–90; < Old French gambon ham (French jambon), derivative of gambe; see jamb1
[gam-uh n]British Informal.
- deceitful nonsense; bosh.
- to talk gammon.
- to make pretense.
- to humbug.
Origin of gammon3
First recorded in 1710–20; perhaps special use of gammon1
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Examples from the Web for gammon
During the sticky flow of her words, he knew she was trying to gammon him.The Paliser case
"That's all very pretty, but it 's all gammon in my opinion," responded Henry.The Old Folks' Party
It's no use, dame Peake; they won't be gammon'd, take notice.The English Spy
With a rowley, powley, gammon and spinach;Heigho, says Anthony Rowley.Aunt Kitty's Stories
I did not like that, still my nerves were firm, for I knew it was all gammon.The Humbugs of the World
P. T. Barnum
- a cured or smoked ham
- the hindquarter of a side of bacon, cooked either whole or cut into large rashers
C15: from Old Northern French gambon, from gambe leg; see gambrel
- a double victory in backgammon in which one player throws off all his pieces before his opponent throws any
- archaic the game of backgammon
- (tr) to score a gammon over
C18: probably special use of Middle English gamen game 1
- deceitful nonsense; humbug
- to deceive (a person)
C18: perhaps special use of gammon ²
- (tr) nautical to fix (a bowsprit) to the stemhead of a vessel
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
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.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper