either of two curved pieces lying upon the collar in the harness of an animal, to which the traces are fastened.

Origin of hame

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle Dutch
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Contemporary Examples of hames

Historical Examples of hames

  • Nasmyth fancied Hames was relieved that no more was expected from him.

    The Greater Power

    Harold Bindloss

  • Acton went into the hotel with Hames, and there was an awkward silence when they had disappeared.

    The Greater Power

    Harold Bindloss

  • They do look kinder like a set of hames that ain't been treated kindly, don't they?

  • The usual custom is to put the collar on with the hames attached.

    Riding and Driving

    Edward L. Anderson

  • Fuils that ye are, would ye lose your guid fame with your hames?


    Mrs. Oliphant

British Dictionary definitions for hames



make a hames of Irish informal to spoil through clumsiness or ineptitude

Word Origin for hames

of unknown origin




either of the two curved bars holding the traces of the harness, attached to the collar of a draught animal

Word Origin for hame

C14: from Middle Dutch hame; related to Middle High German hame fishing rod



noun, adverb

a Scot word for home
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