hamming hamming

Definition(s):

  1. (n) poor acting by a ham actor
  2. (n) meat cut from the thigh of a hog (usually smoked)
  3. (n) (Old Testament) son of Noah
  4. (n) a licensed amateur radio operator
  5. (n) an unskilled actor who overacts
  6. (v) exaggerate one's acting

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  1. York, Clark's black slave, was a hit with the Indians, hamming it up to break the ice.
  2. Cooler stars Starr as a habitual escapee, with McCartney hamming his way through three roles, including one with dyed blond hair.
  3. They display the self-indulgent fecklessness of a couple of rich amateurs hamming it up at the country-club frolic, and with approximately the same results.

News

  1. Norwegian claimed to be pop singer's booking manager in scam, authorities say

    Waleed Ahmed grins for the camera, a sly smile on his face as he poses in front of a black Porsche parked on the street. At first glance, he looks like any other young guy hamming it up for an image to share with his buddies on Facebook.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: WJXT Jacksonville

  2. Con man exposed after Justin Bieber ruse

    Waleed Ahmed grins for the camera, a sly smile on his face as he poses in front of a black Porsche parked on the street. At first glance, he looks like any other young guy hamming it up for an image to share with his buddies on Facebook. Yet looks can be deceiving. The Norwegian gained fame and fortune in his 20s -- enough to own that shiny, black Porsche in the photo -- after supposedly ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: KSAT San Antonio

Quotes

  1. "I'm a ham, and I look forward to hamming it up in front of the camera," Littrell said. "My problem will be sticking to the script."
    on Feb 20, 2007 By: Brian Littrell Source: Washington Post

  2. "The other day we were hamming it up so badly ...... ," Cher said of a group scene. "She was hot, she was really up there, her game is good."
    on Feb 8, 2010 By: Cher Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. "I was always hamming around in school," Darren said. "I liked acting, but I never did a school play. I was too shy."
    on Sep 28, 2009 By: James Darren Source: Villages Daily Sun

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