verb (used with object), shammed, sham·ming.
verb (used without object), shammed, sham·ming.
Origin of sham
Synonyms for sham
Antonyms for sham
Related Words for shamfraudulent, fictitious, phony, bogus, fraud, farce, mockery, hypocrisy, whitewash, forgery, travesty, fake, dummy, affected, ersatz, mock, assumed, plaster, pretend, pseudo
Examples from the Web for sham
Contemporary Examples of 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
July 26, 2014
As the pyramid grew, the teen struggled to manage his responsibilities at home, in school and with his sham company.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
The protest and legal action had been a sham, Mrs. Kasem said.Casey Kasem's Family's Top 40 Meltdown Moments
June 3, 2014
Historical Examples of sham
But women must beware of sham emotion and lachrymose sentimentality.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
Will this country ever escape the tutorship of sham science?Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
And whether the one or the other, it is a sham more pernicious than the worst.The Book of Khalid
It is only sham battles that cost something less than blood.Things as They Are
It is a veritable 'sham,' having no relation to fact, or to truth of any kind.Phaedrus
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.