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1. The thigh of the hind leg of certain animals, especially a hog.
2. A cut of meat from the thigh of a hog, often cured by salting or smoking.
3. The back of the knee.
4. The back of the thigh.
5. hams The buttocks.
6. A performer who overacts or exaggerates.
7. A licensed amateur radio operator.
v. hammed, ham·ming, hams
To exaggerate or overdo a dramatic role; overact.
To exaggerate or overdo (a dramatic role, for example).
ham it up
To act or perform in an exaggerated, often intentionally broadly humorous or ridiculous style.

[Middle English hamme, from Old English hamm. Noun, sense 6, from obsolete slang hamfatter, a poor or amateurish actor, from the song "The Ham-Fat Man" (1863), considered typical of minstrel shows and their low standards of performance and depicting a stereotyped vision of slave life in the American South (including a slave who likes gravy made from ham fat). Noun, sense 7, short for ham operator, originally applied in the 1800s to telegraphers with poor skills, from ham-fisted and ham-handed.]


In the Bible, a son of Noah and the brother of Japheth and Shem.
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Noun1.hamming - poor acting by a ham actor
acting, performing, playacting, playing - the performance of a part or role in a drama
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Members of the Simi Valley Settlers amateur radio club were busy hamming it up this weekend - part of the National Field Day activities for amateur radio clubs across the nation.
On the 50th anniversary of the first electronic computer, Richard Wesley Hamming remembered what life was like without computers to do calculations.
There were no operational electronic computers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico when Hamming was there in the 1940s, just mechanical relay calculators he described as "very primitive accounting equipment housed in wooden wartime buildings; it looked and sounded like a Hollywood mad scientist's museum.