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a. Something false or empty that is purported to be genuine: "Because she had been so readily unfaithful, her marriage was a sham" (Alice Munro).
b. Deceitfulness or pretense: "She saw herself as a person surrounded by, living by, sham" (Alice Munro).
c. One who claims to be what he or she is not; an impostor or fraud: "He a man! Hell! He was a hollow sham!" (Joseph Conrad).
2. A decorative cover for a pillow.
Not genuine; fake: sham diamonds; sham modesty.
v. shammed, sham·ming, shams
To put on the false appearance of; feign: "shamming insanity to get his tormentors to leave him alone" (John Wain).
To assume a false appearance or character; dissemble.

[Perhaps dialectal variant of shame.]

sham′mer n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shammer - someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacityshammer - someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
shirker, slacker - a person who shirks his work or duty (especially one who tries to evade military service in wartime)
2.shammer - a person who makes deceitful pretensesshammer - a person who makes deceitful pretenses
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
name dropper - someone who pretends that famous people are his/her friends
ringer - a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses


nSchwindler(in) m(f), → Heuchler(in) m(f); (of illness)Simulant(in) m(f)
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