gammon

gammon

1 [gam-uhn] 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:
1720–30; perhaps special use of Middle English gamen game1

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gammon

2 [gam-uhn]
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

gammon

3 [gam-uhn] 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

gammoner, noun
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gammon1 (ˈɡæmən)
 
n
1.  a cured or smoked ham
2.  the hindquarter of a side of bacon, cooked either whole or cut into large rashers
 
[C15: from Old Northern French gambon, from gambe leg; see gambrel]

gammon2 (ˈɡæmən)
 
n
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
 
vb
3.  (tr) to score a gammon over
 
[C18: probably special use of Middle English gamengame1]

gammon3 (ˈɡæmən)
 
n
1.  deceitful nonsense; humbug
 
vb
2.  to deceive (a person)
 
[C18: perhaps special use of gammon²]
 
'gammoner3
 
n

gammon4 (ˈɡæmən)
 
vb
(tr) nautical to fix (a bowsprit) to the stemhead of a vessel
 
[C18: perhaps related to gammon1, with reference to the tying up of a ham]

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gammon
1486, from O.N.Fr. gambon "ham," from gambe "leg," from L.L. gamba "leg of an animal." Originally "the ham or haunch of a swine."
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