hambone

[ ham-bohn ]
/ ˈhæmˌboʊn /

noun Theater.

(especially in vaudeville) a performer made up in blackface and using a stereotyped black dialect.

Origin of hambone

1850–55; ham1 + bone; cf. ham2
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hambone


n.

1855, "bone of a ham," from ham (n.1) + bone (n.). Meaning "inferior actor or performer" is from 1893, an elaboration of ham (n.2).

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