NounHam (plural Hams)
- (anatomy) The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock.
- (countable) The thigh and buttock of any animal slaughtered for meat.
- (uncountable) The thigh of a hog cured for food.
- The back of the thigh.
- An actor with an especially showy or exaggerated style.
- A person whose hobby is ham radio.
- Persists in many old place names, such as Buckingham.
- “Ham” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001
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c. 1637, Middle English hamme, from Old English hamm 'bend of the knee', from Proto-Germanic *hanmō (compare Dutch ham, German dialect Hamme), from pre-Germanic *konɘmā, from Proto-Indo-European *knāmā 'shin' (compare Middle Irish cnáim 'bone', Ancient Greek knḗmé 'shinbone'). Compare gammon.
- The translations below need to be checked.
Ham m. (plural Hams)
- IPA: /ham/, [hɑmˀ]
- IPA: /ham/, [hɑm]
- IPA: [haːmˠ] or [hamˠ]
- Mutated form of am.
Ham m. (plural Hamz)
- IPA: /hɑm/
- (anatomy) ham, inner knee
- Monegum men gescrincaþ his fet to his homme: with many men the feet shrink up to the knee. (Leechbook)
- English ham
- enclosure, especially an enclosed pasture or dwelling
- IPA: /hɑːm/
From Proto-Germanic *haimaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kōim- (“village”). Cognate with Old Frisian hām, Old Saxon hēm (Dutch heem), Old High German heim (German Heim), Old Norse heimr (Swedish hem), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌹𐌼𐍃. The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek κωμη, Old Irish cóim, Lithuanian šeimà, Russian семья.
- woof, the sound a barking dog makes