something that is not what it purports to be; a spurious imitation; fraud or hoax.
a person who shams; shammer.
a cover or the like for giving a thing a different outward appearance: a pillow sham.
pretended; counterfeit; feigned: sham attacks; a sham Gothic façade.
designed, made, or used as a sham.
to produce an imitation of.
to assume the appearance of; pretend to have: to sham illness.
to make a false show of something; pretend.
- un·shammed, adjective
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How to use sham in a sentence
But seriously, your opinion was rather harsh; he's probably shamming to get excused from duty.The Blue and The Gray | A. R. White
The cunning creature was shamming death beneath the Wasp's stiletto, so artfully that I was taken in.More Hunting Wasps | J. Henri Fabre
The shamming of death is exactly what enables the huntress to succeed in her dangerous operation.More Hunting Wasps | J. Henri Fabre
Even when he was as strong and well as ever, he spent much time in bed, shamming illness.
It crossed my mind that It might be only shamming, so I looked away and then turned sharply around to catch It.A Holiday in Bed and Other Sketches | J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for sham
anything that is not what it purports or appears to be
something false, fake, or fictitious that purports to be genuine
a person who pretends to be something other than he is
counterfeit or false; simulated
to falsely assume the appearance of (something); counterfeit: to sham illness
- shammer, noun
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