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adj. ham·mi·er, ham·mi·est
Marked or characterized by overacting; affectedly humorous or dramatic.

ham′mi·ly adv.
ham′mi·ness n.


adj, -mier or -miest
1. (Theatre) (of an actor) overacting or tending to overact
2. (Theatre) (of a play, performance, etc) overacted or exaggerated
ˈhammily adv
ˈhamminess n


(ˈhæm i)

adj. -mi•er, -mi•est.
characterized by a highly exaggerated theatricality: a hammy actor; a hammy performance.
ham′mi•ly, adv.
ham′mi•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hammy - affectedly dramatic; overacted
dramatic - suitable to or characteristic of drama; "a dramatic entrance in a swirling cape"; "a dramatic rescue at sea"


[ˈhæmɪ] ADJ [actor] → exagerado, melodramático


adj (+er) (inf) actorübertrieben spielend; actingübertrieben
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