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Origin of Spam

First recorded in 1937 for the trademarked term; sp(iced) + (h)am1; 1990–95 for the other senses, probably referring to a comedy routine on Monty Python's Flying Circus, British TV series, in which the word Spam is used repeatedly

OTHER WORDS FROM Spam

spammer, noun
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How to use Spam in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Spam (1 of 2)

spam
/ (spæm) computing slang /

verb spams, spamming or spammed
to send unsolicited electronic mail or text messages simultaneously to a number of e-mail addresses or mobile phones
noun
unsolicited electronic mail or text messages sent in this way

Derived forms of spam

spammer, noun

Word Origin for spam

C20: from the repeated use of the word Spam in a popular sketch from the British television show Monty Python's Flying Circus, first broadcast in 1969

British Dictionary definitions for Spam (2 of 2)

Spam
/ (spæm) /

noun
trademark a kind of tinned luncheon meat, made largely from pork
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Cultural definitions for Spam

spam

Unsolicited, undesired e-mail. Also used as a verb. Spam is the e-mail version of junk mail.

notes for spam

The name comes from a Monty Python comedy skit about a restaurant that served only Spam.
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