gammon

1
[ gam-uh n ]
/ ˈgæm ən /
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

Definition for gammon (2 of 3)

gammon

2
[ gam-uh n ]
/ ˈgæm ən /

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

Definition for gammon (3 of 3)

gammon

3
[ gam-uh n ]
/ ˈgæm ən /
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 forms

gam·mon·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for gammon (1 of 4)

gammon

1
/ (ˈɡæmən) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for gammon (2 of 4)

gammon

2
/ (ˈɡæmən) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for gammon (3 of 4)

gammon

3
/ (ˈɡæmən) British informal /

noun

deceitful nonsense; humbug

verb

to deceive (a person)

Derived Forms

gammoner, noun

Word Origin for gammon

C18: perhaps special use of gammon ²

British Dictionary definitions for gammon (4 of 4)

gammon

4
/ (ˈɡæmən) /

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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