Origin of ham1
verb (used with or without object), hammed, ham·ming.
Origin of ham2
Examples from the Web for hams
Connoisseurship has spread from wine and olive oil to chocolate, cheeses, pickles, hams, cupcakes.One Percent Shots! Testing Leona, DeLeon’s $825 Bottle of Tequila|Daniel Gross|November 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Delicious Iberian hams and cured meats arrive with great fanfare.
On first seeing her, he had knelt down on the sidewalk and kissed her hand to thank her for her hams.
I do hope your minions did not confuse you with talk about farms and hams.
Nother thing they had a wall built in betwix er room and let hams and all kinds provisions swing down in thor.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
We got possession of three hams, and a large loaf of bread as big as a small washing-tub.Masterman Ready|Captain Frederick Marryat
And will this make the hams so different from the rest of the pork?The Wide, Wide World|Susan Warner
The prince was abashed by the genius of the spit, and the fifty hams were purchased.The Art of Entertaining|M. E. W. Sherwood
Strings of sausage, hams, and other eatables hang from a pole suspended under the ceiling.Pompeii, Its Life and Art|August Mau
- the back of the leg above the knee
- the space or area behind the knee
Word Origin for ham
- an actor who overacts or relies on stock gestures or mannerisms
- overacting or clumsy acting
- (as modifier)a ham actor
- a licensed amateur radio operator
- (as modifier)a ham licence
verb hams, hamming or hammed
Word Origin for ham
"meat of a hog's hind leg used for food," 1630s, from Old English hamm "hollow or bend of the knee," from Proto-Germanic *hamma- (cf. Old Norse höm, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch hamme, Old High German hamma), from PIE *konemo- "shin bone" (cf. Greek kneme "calf of the leg," Old Irish cnaim "bone"). Ham-fisted (1928) was originally in reference to pilots who were heavy on the controls, as was ham-handed (by 1918). With hammen ifalden "with folded hams" was a Middle English way of saying "kneeling."
"overacting inferior performer," 1882, American English, apparently a shortening of hamfatter (1880) "actor of low grade," said since at least 1889 to be from an old minstrel show song, "The Ham-fat Man" (1863). The song, a black-face number, has nothing to do with acting, so the connection must be with the quality of acting in minstrel shows, where the song was popular. Ham also had a sports slang sense of "incompetent pugilist" circa 1888, perhaps from ham-fisted. The notion of "amateurish" led to the sense of "amateur radio operator" (1919). The verb in the performance sense is first recorded 1933. As an adjective in this sense by 1935.
One of the three sons of Noah. According to the biblical account, Noah and his family were the only human survivors of the great Flood and were therefore the progenitors of all the peoples on Earth.