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Webster 1913 Edition


Ham

Ham

(häm)
,
Noun.
Home.
[North of Eng.]
Chaucer.

Ham

(hăm)
,
Noun.
[AS.
ham
; akin to D.
ham
, dial. G.
hamme
, OHG.
hamma
. Perh. named from the bend at the ham, and akin to E.
chamber
. Cf.
Gammon
ham.]
1.
(Anat.)
The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock.
2.
The thigh of any animal; especially, the thigh of a hog cured by salting and smoking.
A plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak
hams
.
Shakespeare

Webster 1828 Edition


Ham

HAM

, Sax.ham, a house, is our modern word home, G.heim. It is used in hamlet, and in the names of places, as in Walt-ham, wood-house, walt, a wood, and ham, a house, [not Wal-tham, as it is often pronounced,] Bucking-ham, Notting-ham, Wrent-ham, Dur-ham, &c.

HAM

,
Noun.
The inner or hind part of the knee; the inner angle of the joint which unites the thigh and the leg of an animal. Hence,
1.
The thigh of a beast, particularly of a hog, whether salted and cured or not. But the word is more generally understood to mean the thigh of a hog salted and dried in smoke.

Definition 2022


Ham

Ham

See also: ham, HAM, hám, hâm, hầm, hạm, and нам

English

Proper noun

Ham

  1. (biblical) A son of Noah and the brother of Japheth and Shem.
  2. Various place names, including suburbs of London (East Ham, West Ham, and between Richmond and Kingston) , a hamlet in Kent and a village in Wiltshire.

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Luxembourgish

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *hammō. Cognate with Dutch ham, English ham, dialectal German Hamme.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /haːm/
    • Rhymes: -aːm

Noun

Ham f (plural Hamen)

  1. ham

ham

ham

See also: Ham, HAM, hám, hâm, hầm, häm, Häm, and hạm

English

A baked ham (cured thigh of hog)

Pronunciation

  • enPR: hăm, IPA(key): /hæm/
  • Rhymes: -æm

Noun

ham (plural hams)

  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
    • (Can we date this quote?), Audra Lilly Griffeth, A King's Daughter (ISBN 146915532X):
      She put some ham in the beans and cut up some sweet potatoes to boil.
  4. The back of the thigh.
  5. (Internet, informal) Electronic mail that is wanted; mail that is not spam or junk mail.
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

From Old English hām.

Noun

ham (uncountable)

  1. Obsolete form of home.

Usage notes

  • Persists in many old place names, such as Buckingham.

References

  • ham” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Etymology 3

Shortened from hamfatter (inferior actor), said to derive from the 1863 minstrel show song The Ham-fat Man.[1]

Noun

ham (plural hams)

  1. An overacting or amateurish performer; an actor with an especially showy or exaggerated style.
  2. An amateur radio operator.
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Synonyms
Translations

Verb

ham (third-person singular simple present hams, present participle hamming, simple past and past participle hammed)

  1. To overact; to act with exaggerated emotions.
Related terms

Anagrams

References

  1. "ham", Online Etymology Dictionary

Catalan

Etymology

From Latin hamus.

Noun

ham m (plural hams)

  1. fishhook

Danish

Etymology 1

From Old Norse hamr.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ham/, [hɑmˀ]

Noun

ham c (singular definite hammen, plural indefinite hamme)

  1. slough, skin
Derived terms
  • fjederham c
  • hamskifte n
  • snogeham c
  • svaneham c
Inflection

Etymology 2

See han.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ham/, [hɑm]

Pronoun

ham

  1. (personal) objective case of han
See also

Dutch

Pronunciation

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *hamō, *hammō, *hanmō, from Proto-Indo-European *kanam-, *knāmā (thigh, shin).

Noun

ham f (plural hammen, diminutive hammetje n)

  1. ham

Fiji Hindi

Etymology

From Hindi हम (ham, we, I).

Pronoun

ham

  1. I (1st person singular personal pronoun)
    Ham khelegaa!
    I will play!

Fyer

Etymology

Related to Gerka ram (water).

Noun

ham

  1. water

References

  • Roger Blench, Ron Comparative Wordlist
  • Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, volume 3: m- (2007, ISBN 9789004164123), page 201:
    [] we should carefully distinguish the following Ch. roots from AA *m-ˀ "water" [GT]:
    (1) Ch. *h-m "water" [GT]: WCh. *hama [Stl.]: AS *ham (Gmy. *hām) [GT 2004, 153] = *am [Stl. 1977] = *ham [Dlg.] = *ham [Stl. 1987]: [] Ron *ham [GT]: Fyer & Bks. & DB & Sha ham, Klr. ˀaàm []
  • Václav Blažek, A Lexicostatitical comparison of Omotic languages, in In Hot Pursuit of Language in Prehistory: Essays in the four fields of anthropology, page 122

Irish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [haːmˠ], [hamˠ]

Noun

ham m

  1. h-prothesized form of am

Middle English

Pronoun

ham

  1. them

Middle French

Noun

ham m (plural hams)

  1. village

Montol

Etymology

Related to Mwaghavul am (water).

Noun

hàm

  1. water

References

  • Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, volume 3: m- (2007, ISBN 9789004164123), page 201:
    [] we should carefully distinguish the following Ch. roots from AA *m-ˀ "water" [GT]:
    (1) Ch. *h-m "water" [GT]: WCh. *hama [Stl.]: AS *ham (Gmy. *hām) [GT 2004, 153] = *am [Stl. 1977] = *ham [Dlg.] = *ham [Stl. 1987]: [] Tal hàm [Jng./JI], Mnt. hàm "Wasser" [Jng. 1965, 171], []

Norwegian Bokmål

Pronoun

ham

  1. him

Old English

Etymology 1

From Proto-Germanic *hamō-. Cognate with Middle Dutch hamme (Dutch ham), Old High German hamma (dialectal German Hamm), Old Norse hǫm.

Noun

ham f

  1. (anatomy) ham, inner knee
    Monegum men gescrincaþ his fet to his homme: with many men the feet shrink up to the knee. (Leechbook)
Descendants

Etymology 2

From Proto-Germanic *hammaz. Cognate with Old Frisian ham, Middle Low German hamme (Low German Hamm).

Noun

ham m

  1. enclosure, especially an enclosed pasture or dwelling

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /hɑːm/

Etymology 3

From Proto-Germanic *haimaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kōim- (village), *ḱóymos, *(t)ḱoimos. Cognate with Old Frisian hām (West Frisian hiem), Old Saxon hēm, Frankish *haim (Dutch heem), Old High German heim (German Heim), Old Norse heimr (Swedish hem, Danish hjem), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌹𐌼𐍃 (haims). The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek κωμη (komi), Old Irish cóim, Lithuanian šeimà, Russian семья (semʹja).

Noun

hām m

  1. home, house; property, estate
    Sēo Cwēn hæfþ hiere hām æt Windlesōran.
    Hælend com to Lazares ham. : The Saviour came to the home of Lazarus.
Declension
Descendants

Old French

Etymology

Of Germanic origin, probably Frankish

Noun

ham m (oblique plural hans, nominative singular hans, nominative plural ham)

  1. village

Derived terms


Rohingya

Noun

ham

  1. work

Romanian

Etymology 1

From Hungarian hám.

Noun

ham n (plural hamuri)

  1. harness

Etymology 2

Onomatopoeic.

Interjection

ham!

  1. woof, the sound a barking dog makes

See also


Ron

Etymology

Related to Gerka ram (water).

Noun

ham

  1. (most dialects, including Mangar, Bokkos, Daffo-Butura, Shagawu) water

Synonyms

  • àyîn (Monguna)

References

  • Roger Blench, Ron Comparative Wordlist
  • Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, volume 3: m- (2007, ISBN 9789004164123), page 201:
    [] we should carefully distinguish the following Ch. roots from AA *m-ˀ "water" [GT]:
    (1) Ch. *h-m "water" [GT]: WCh. *hama [Stl.]: AS *ham (Gmy. *hām) [GT 2004, 153] = *am [Stl. 1977] = *ham [Dlg.] = *ham [Stl. 1987]: [] Ron *ham [GT]: Fyer & Bks. & DB & Sha ham, Klr. ˀaàm []

Sha

Etymology

Related to Gerka ram (water).

Noun

ham

  1. water

References


Tal

Etymology

Related to Mwaghavul am (water).

Noun

hàm

  1. water

References

  • Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, volume 3: m- (2007, ISBN 9789004164123), page 201:
    [] we should carefully distinguish the following Ch. roots from AA *m-ˀ "water" [GT]:
    (1) Ch. *h-m "water" [GT]: WCh. *hama [Stl.]: AS *ham (Gmy. *hām) [GT 2004, 153] = *am [Stl. 1977] = *ham [Dlg.] = *ham [Stl. 1987]: [] Tal hàm [Jng./JI], Mnt. hàm "Wasser" [Jng. 1965, 171], []

Tambas

Etymology

Related to Gerka ram (water).

Noun

ham

  1. water

References


Turkish

Etymology

From Persian خام (xâm).

Adjective

ham (comparative daha ham, superlative en ham)

  1. raw