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hammy

1
[ham-ee]
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adjective, ham·mi·er, ham·mi·est.
  1. resembling ham in taste, flavor, appearance, etc.
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Origin of hammy

1
First recorded in 1860–65; ham1 + -y1

hammy

2
[ham-ee]
adjective, ham·mi·er, ham·mi·est.
  1. characteristic of a person who overacts.
  2. overacted.
  3. exaggerated.
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Origin of hammy

2
First recorded in 1925–30; ham2 + -y1
Related formsham·mi·ly, adverbham·mi·ness, noun
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Related Words for hammy

theatrical, exaggerated, melodramatic, showy, comic, campy, operatic, farfetched, abstract, overblown, preposterous, pretentious, extravagant, distorted, excessive, inflated, unrealistic, overwrought, false, hyperbolic

Examples from the Web for hammy

Contemporary Examples of hammy

Historical Examples of hammy

  • Hamilton is really quite a wonderful cook; aren't you, Hammy, dear?

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • "It's real milk, Hammy, not condensed," the soft voice pleaded.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • Go to the front, Hammy,” said the accountant, “and take the first shot this time.

    The Young Fur Traders

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • The Hammy boy is particularly anxious to have his love sent to "Misr Creedy."

  • The buyers much dislike any foreign smell, any mouldy, hammy, or cheesy odour.

    Cocoa and Chocolate

    Arthur W. Knapp


British Dictionary definitions for hammy

hammy

adjective -mier or -miest informal
  1. (of an actor) overacting or tending to overact
  2. (of a play, performance, etc) overacted or exaggerated
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