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ham

ham

Date: Dec 25 2008

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“I was a ham in school. I was just a ham. That’s all we really are, actors and musicians or performers, we are all just hams.”

- Justin Timberlake on what made him get into show business. (Hollywood.com)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

theatrical or melodramatic person; show off

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

Does Justin Timberlake think all performers are pigs? Not exactly. Normally, ham refers to a piece of meat, usually from the thigh or hind leg of a hog. But when a person is a ham, it means they love to perform and be the center of attention. Someone who shows off at Christmastime might be called a Christmas ham, but don’t get that confused with the traditional dish that many families enjoy on Christmas day. (Some might say it’s a little hammy of us to make such a bad pun, but we don’t care. We’re too busy enjoying the spotlight.)

Children who are hams at school often get in trouble for disrupting class or taking their classmates’ attention away from the teacher. They’re the “class clowns,” the ones who are always being silly and cracking jokes. Justin says he was this kind of kid, so it was natural for him to become a performer when he grew up. He thinks a lot of actors are probably hams at heart.

A ham can also be a bad actor, someone who exaggerates emotion and overacts. This expression probably dates back to the age of Shakespeare, when actors would use ham fat to remove their makeup after a performance. If they wore a lot of makeup to create a more extreme look, they’d have to use extra fat to get it off. So the more you overacted, the more ham you’d use.

Ham can be used as a noun, or you can use it as a verb by saying someone really hams it up. JT hammed it up all the time when he was little, and he still loves hamming it up today. He really enjoys being on stage, which is probably why he’s so much fun to watch.

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“My little brother is such a ham. He’s always making up silly jokes and putting on little plays for my parents.
When I’m on stage, I love to go crazy and really ham it up. I’m not a very subtle performer.
Don’t be such a ham! Do you really need everyone to be focused on you all the time?”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

najafi an actor,musicians etc. who performs with too much false emotion
by najafi
stecki ham is when acotors or musicians go over the top in their performance
by stecki
paky0724 unprofessional actor
by paky0724
Eydo Ham n. smoked meat from the hindquarter of a hog; bad actor; amateur radio operator We use the smiliar phrase in Turkish to identify somebody/thing is raw not cooked or not developed well.
by Eydo
llika2006 Ham means the person is funny. Ex.: He's a real ham at office parties.
by llika2006
Sezai show-off,untrained actor or actress, amateur player... ostentatius, pretentius,exaggerated playing
by Sezai
VOLTS it is exaggerated and overstated in his performance.
by VOLTS

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DieGayoso

DieGayoso

Peru

So, in my school there are a lot of hams, because they overact a lot.

05:47 AM Dec 31 2008 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

The person to be “ham” sometimes has there with own vanity,the need to take care of those around…I was “ham” once,when I was young,I confess :D

10:45 AM Dec 29 2008 |

Naomi1010

Naomi1010

Taiwan

The stereotypical hams in American high schools are cheer leaders and football players.

08:14 PM Dec 26 2008 |

EstebanM

EstebanM

Colombia

nice slang!

06:39 PM Dec 26 2008 |

hwiezdicka

hwiezdicka

Slovakia

hello

12:56 PM Dec 25 2008 |

emiland

emiland

Azerbaijan

i think i’m ham too

06:17 AM Dec 25 2008 |

zeus2006

zeus2006Super Member!

Turkey

Everbody has a period that be ham in their life.

05:17 AM Dec 25 2008 |

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Yemen

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03:14 AM Dec 25 2008 |

kenianxin

kenianxin

China

the person caught everybody’s attention

10:53 PM Dec 24 2008 |

Yellowlle

China

Although I can know the meaning of ham,but I don’t know its exact meaning.

10:31 PM Dec 24 2008 |

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