• (RP, America) enPR: hăm, IPA: /ˈhæm/
  • (Southern England, Australia) IPA: /ˈhæːm/


  1. (anatomy) The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock.
  2. (countable) A thigh and buttock of an animal slaughtered for meat.
  3. (uncountable) Meat from the thigh of a hog cured for food.
    a little piece of ham for the cat
  4. The back of the thigh.
  5. (internet, informal, uncommon) Electronic mail that is wanted; mail that is not spam or junk mail.
    Antonyms: spam
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: ветчина́

ham (uncountable)

  1. Obsolete form of home#English|home.

ham (plural hams)

  1. (acting) An overacting or amateurish performer; an actor with an especially showy or exaggerated style.
    Synonyms: hambone, hamfatter, overactor, tear-cat
  2. (radio) An amateur radio operator.
    Synonyms: radio amateur
Translations Translations
  • German: Funkamateur, Amateurfunker; Funkamateurin, Amateurfunkerin
  • Italian: radioamatore
  • Portuguese: radioamador
  • Russian: радиолюби́тель
  • Spanish: radioamador

ham (hams, present participle hamming; past and past participle hammed)

  1. (acting) To overact; to act with exaggerated emotions.
Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. (biblical) A son of Noah and the brother of Japheth and Shem.
    • 1611 — King James Version of the Bible, Genesis 9:18
      And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
  2. A suburban district in Richmond upon Thames, and.
  3. .
  4. A hamlet in Kent, England.
  5. A village in Wiltshire, England.
  6. A village in Caithness, Highland (OS grid ref ND2373)
  • Russian: Хам
  • Spanish: Cam, Châm

  1. Initialism of his#English|his apostolic#English|apostolic majesty#English|majesty, the title given to a number of historical kings of Hungary.
Proper noun
  1. (computer graphics) Initialism of Hold-And-Modify}, a display mode of the Commodore Amiga computer, allowing for a large number of colours on screen.

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