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 shammingfraudulent, fictitious, phony, bogus, fraud, farce, mockery, hypocrisy, whitewash, forgery, travesty, fake, dummy, affected, ersatz, mock, assumed, plaster, pretend, pseudo
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Historical Examples of shamming
The constable did not know whether he was shamming or not, but he took no risks.In the Midst of Alarms
When it looked last night as if it hung right over our heads, it was shamming.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Possibly he's shamming, now; though he was stunned, as well as half-suffocated.'Against Odds
Lawrence L. Lynch
And with this viewpoint, there was no shamming about the old man's expressions of friendship.
You know I was shamming when I acted as though I had lost my identity.
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.