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gammon1

[gam-uh n] /ˈgæm ən/ Backgammon.
noun
1.
the game of backgammon.
2.
a victory in which the winner throws off all his or her pieces before the opponent throws off any.
verb (used with object)
3.
to win a gammon over.
Origin of gammon1
1720-1730
1720-30; perhaps special use of Middle English gamen game1

gammon2

[gam-uh n] /ˈgæm ən/
noun
1.
a smoked or cured ham.
2.
the lower end of a side of bacon.
Origin
1480-90; < Old French gambon ham (French jambon), derivative of gambe; see jamb1

gammon3

[gam-uh n] /ˈgæm ən/ British Informal.
noun
1.
deceitful nonsense; bosh.
verb (used without object)
2.
to talk gammon.
3.
to make pretense.
verb (used with object)
4.
to humbug.
Origin
1710-20; perhaps special use of gammon1
Related forms
gammoner, noun
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  • "Mas' gammon's a rare old man," said the farmer, emphatically.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • "That's all very pretty, but it 's all gammon in my opinion," responded Henry.

    The Old Folks' Party Edward Bellamy
  • But you must own, Mr. gammon, it shows we've licked him into shape a bit—eh?

  • “Why, I know how to gammon a bowsprit,” I replied, looking at him very hard.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • gammon saw that he was, in truth, in an exceedingly ticklish condition.

  • Yes, brother, but Pakomovna was born on a common not far from the sign of the gammon.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • We sometimes imagine that Mr. gammon must have had in view the securing Yatton for himself!

  • On the Monday evening, Master gammon was at the station with the cart.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • Every philosopher has his weak points, and in the Sylva Sylvarum may be found some gammon of Bacon.

    The Comic English Grammar Percival Leigh
  • The rustic is deluded by false hopes, for his daily food is gammon.

    The Comic English Grammar Percival Leigh
British Dictionary definitions for gammon

gammon1

/ˈɡæmən/
noun
1.
a cured or smoked ham
2.
the hindquarter of a side of bacon, cooked either whole or cut into large rashers
Word Origin
C15: from Old Northern French gambon, from gambe leg; see gambrel

gammon2

/ˈɡæmən/
noun
1.
a double victory in backgammon in which one player throws off all his pieces before his opponent throws any
2.
(archaic) the game of backgammon
verb
3.
(transitive) to score a gammon over
Word Origin
C18: probably special use of Middle English gamengame1

gammon3

/ˈɡæmən/
noun
1.
deceitful nonsense; humbug
verb
2.
to deceive (a person)
Derived Forms
gammoner, noun
Word Origin
C18: perhaps special use of gammon²

gammon4

/ˈɡæmən/
verb
1.
(transitive) (nautical) to fix (a bowsprit) to the stemhead of a vessel
Word Origin
C18: perhaps related to gammon1, with reference to the tying up of a ham
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Word Origin and History for gammon
n.

early 15c., "ham or haunch of a swine," from Old North French gambon "ham" (French jambon), from gambe "leg," from Late Latin gamba "leg of an animal" (see gambol (n.)).

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