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gam·mon 1

A victory in backgammon reached before the loser has succeeded in removing a single piece.
tr.v. gam·moned, gam·mon·ing, gam·mons
To defeat in backgammon by scoring a gammon.

[Probably from Middle English gamen, gammen, game, from Old English gamen.]

gam·mon 2

 (găm′ən) Chiefly British
1. Misleading or nonsensical talk; humbug.
2. Gammon See Shelta.
v. gam·moned, gam·mon·ing, gam·mons
To deceive or mislead: "[He] gammoned a countryman out of a good round sum of money" (Charles Dickens).
To talk misleadingly or deceptively.

[Origin unknown.]

gam′mon·er n.

gam·mon 3

1. A cured or smoked ham.
2. The lower part of a side of bacon.

[Middle English gambon, from Old North French, from gambe, leg, from Late Latin gamba, hoof; see gambol.]

gam·mon 4

tr.v. gam·moned, gam·mon·ing, gam·mons
To fasten (a bowsprit) to the stem of a ship.

[Origin unknown.]
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1. (Cookery) a cured or smoked ham
2. (Cookery) the hindquarter of a side of bacon, cooked either whole or cut into large rashers
[C15: from Old Northern French gambon, from gambe leg; see gambrel]


1. (Games, other than specified) a double victory in backgammon in which one player throws off all his or her pieces before his or her opponent throws any
2. (Games, other than specified) archaic the game of backgammon
(Games, other than specified) (tr) to score a gammon over
[C18: probably special use of Middle English gamen game1]


deceitful nonsense; humbug
to deceive (a person)
[C18: perhaps special use of gammon2]
ˈgammoner n


(Nautical Terms) (tr) nautical to fix (a bowsprit) to the stemhead of a vessel
[C18: perhaps related to gammon1, with reference to the tying up of a ham]
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(ˈgæm ən)
1. a victory in backgammon in which the loser has not thrown off any pieces.
2. to beat by winning a gammon.
[1720–30; see backgammon]


(ˈgæm ən)

n. Brit.
1. a smoked or cured ham.
2. the lower end of a side of bacon.
[1480–90; < dial. Old French gambon ham, derivative of gambe; see jamb]


(ˈgæm ən)

n. Brit. Informal.
1. deceitful nonsense; bosh.
2. to talk gammon.
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Past participle: gammoned
Gerund: gammoning

I gammon
you gammon
he/she/it gammons
we gammon
you gammon
they gammon
I gammoned
you gammoned
he/she/it gammoned
we gammoned
you gammoned
they gammoned
Present Continuous
I am gammoning
you are gammoning
he/she/it is gammoning
we are gammoning
you are gammoning
they are gammoning
Present Perfect
I have gammoned
you have gammoned
he/she/it has gammoned
we have gammoned
you have gammoned
they have gammoned
Past Continuous
I was gammoning
you were gammoning
he/she/it was gammoning
we were gammoning
you were gammoning
they were gammoning
Past Perfect
I had gammoned
you had gammoned
he/she/it had gammoned
we had gammoned
you had gammoned
they had gammoned
I will gammon
you will gammon
he/she/it will gammon
we will gammon
you will gammon
they will gammon
Future Perfect
I will have gammoned
you will have gammoned
he/she/it will have gammoned
we will have gammoned
you will have gammoned
they will have gammoned
Future Continuous
I will be gammoning
you will be gammoning
he/she/it will be gammoning
we will be gammoning
you will be gammoning
they will be gammoning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been gammoning
you have been gammoning
he/she/it has been gammoning
we have been gammoning
you have been gammoning
they have been gammoning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been gammoning
you will have been gammoning
he/she/it will have been gammoning
we will have been gammoning
you will have been gammoning
they will have been gammoning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been gammoning
you had been gammoning
he/she/it had been gammoning
we had been gammoning
you had been gammoning
they had been gammoning
I would gammon
you would gammon
he/she/it would gammon
we would gammon
you would gammon
they would gammon
Past Conditional
I would have gammoned
you would have gammoned
he/she/it would have gammoned
we would have gammoned
you would have gammoned
they would have gammoned
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gammon - meat cut from the thigh of a hog (usually smoked)gammon - meat cut from the thigh of a hog (usually smoked)
cut of pork - cut of meat from a hog or pig
Virginia ham - a lean hickory-smoked ham; has dark red meat
prosciutto - Italian salt-cured ham usually sliced paper thin
2.gammon - hind portion of a side of bacon
side of bacon, flitch - salted and cured abdominal wall of a side of pork
bacon - back and sides of a hog salted and dried or smoked; usually sliced thin and fried
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لَحْم خَنْزير مُدَخَّن
füstölt sonka
reykt eîa saltaî svínslæri
domuz budu pastırması


[ˈgæmən] N (Brit) → jamón m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈgæmən] n
(= bacon) (smoked)quartier m de lard fumé; (cured)quartier m de lard salé
(= ham) (smoked)jambon m fumé; (cured)jambon m salégammon steak n épaisse tranche de jambon fumé or salé
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


n (= bacon)leicht geräucherter Vorderschinken; (= ham)(gekochter) Schinken; gammon steak dicke Scheibe Vorderschinken zum Braten oder Grillen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈgæmən] n (ham) → prosciutto; (smoked) → prosciutto affumicato; (bacon) → pancetta
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈgӕmən) noun
the meat of the leg of a pig, salted and smoked.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in classic literature ?
"Gammon? Gammon?" said the doctor, while Duchess coughed and choked.
The general impression seemed to be, that as an explanation of Mr Gregsbury's political conduct, it did not enter quite enough into detail; and one gentleman in the rear did not scruple to remark aloud, that, for his purpose, it savoured rather too much of a 'gammon' tendency.
"Me like 'm come on board gammon along you," Ishikola meekly suggested.
"It's us must break the treaty when the time comes; and till then I'll gammon that doctor, if I have to ile his boots with brandy."
I no gammon. I say, 'All right, you come along me Berande, work three fella year.' He say, 'All right, me come along you work three fella year.' He come.
There was a little altercation between her and Steerforth about a cast of the dice at back gammon - when I thought her, for one moment, in a storm of rage; and then I saw it start forth like the old writing on the wall.
``The fool,'' answered Wamba, raising the relics of a gammon of bacon, ``will take care to erect a bulwark against the knave.''
'Toor rul lol loo, gammon and spinnage, the frog he wouldn't, and high cockolorum,' said the Dodger: with a slight sneer on his intellectual countenance.
With Hope, Joy, Youth, Peace, Rest, Life, Dust, Ashes, Waste, Want, Ruin, Despair, Madness, Death, Cunning, Folly, Words, Wigs, Rags, Sheepskin, Plunder, Precedent, Jargon, Gammon, and Spinach!"
I come of a royal pedigree: my father was a Gammon of Bacon, my mother was a Hogshead of Claret-wine; my godfathers were these, Peter Pickled-herring and Martin Martlemas-beef; but my godmother, O, she was an ancient gentlewoman; her name was Margery March-beer.
That may be your religion, but it's my gammon. And to tell you all the truth while I am about it,' said Mr Flintwinch, crossing his arms, and becoming the express image of irascible doggedness, 'I have been rasped--rasped these forty years--by your taking such high ground even with me, who knows better; the effect of it being coolly to put me on low ground.
For all of these reasons, and many more which he right well knows will have occurred to persons of your exceptional acuteness, he is here to submit to you that the time has arrived when, with our hearts in our glasses, with tears in our eyes, with blessings on our lips, and in a general way with a profusion of gammon and spinach in our emotional larders, we should one and all drink to our dear friends the Lammles, wishing them many years as happy as the last, and many many friends as congenially united as themselves.