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noun ham pronunciation in British English /hæm/
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singularham
pluralhams
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the meat from the top part of the back legs of a pig, preserved using salt or smoke

    a ham sandwich

    a slice of ham

    1. a.
      [countable] a large piece of ham
  2. 2
    [countable] someone who sends and receives radio messages for fun

    a radio ham

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  3. 3
    [countable] a bad actor who has an artificial style of performing

    an old ham

    a ham actor

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