verb (used with object), shammed, sham·ming.
verb (used without object), shammed, sham·ming.
- shalom aleichem,
- shalosh seudoth,
Origin of sham
Examples from the Web for sham
Also in 1997, Hayes entered a sham marriage with a Nigerian immigrant, for which she was paid $5,000.
Then came the admission of a sham marriage with an immigrant.
But for the literalists who simply must know, who must look behind the curtain, who must see if Oz is real or a sham?Holy Homophobia, Batman! A Queer Reading of the Dark Knight|Rich Goldstein|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the pyramid grew, the teen struggled to manage his responsibilities at home, in school and with his sham company.
The protest and legal action had been a sham, Mrs. Kasem said.
Really comfortable, in a human way, not in the sham way of the City.Ripeness is All|Jesse Roarke
Sham Rao cast a furtive, timid look round him; and his voice, when he answered our questions, was somewhat tremulous.From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan|Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
A critic of the highest order is provided with an Ithuriel spear, which discriminates the sham sentiments from the true.Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)|Leslie Stephen
And before his journey was over, amid his sham triumphs, he began to be disturbed by disquieting rumours.Darkness and Dawn|Frederic W. Farrar
The sham German philanthropist glared ferociously as this description was given.Jack Harkaway and His Son's Escape From the Brigand's of Greece|Bracebridge Hemyng
verb shams, shamming or shammed
Word Origin for sham
1670s, "a trick, a hoax, a fraud," also as a verb and an adjective, of uncertain origin; the words burst into use in 1677. Perhaps from sham, a northern dialectal variant of shame (n.); a derivation OED finds "not impossible." Sense of "something meant to be mistaken for something else" is from 1728. The meaning "false front" in pillow-sham (1721) is from the notion of "counterfeit." Related: Shammed; shamming; shammer. Shamateur "amateur sportsman who acts like a professional" is from 1896.