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Origin of hammy

First recorded in 1860–65; ham1 + -y1


adjective, ham·mi·er, ham·mi·est.
  1. characteristic of a person who overacts.
  2. overacted.
  3. exaggerated.

Origin of hammy

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


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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