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hambone

[ham-bohn] /ˈhæmˌboʊn/
noun, Theater
1.
(especially in vaudeville) a performer made up in blackface and using a stereotyped black dialect.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; ham1 + bone; cf. ham2
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Examples for hambone
  • Because it's fun to watch an actress sink her teeth into such a great big hambone of a role.
  • The beans were largely seasoned by the leftover hambone from the previous night's dinner.
Slang definitions & phrases for hambone

hambone

modifier

: The night's most ebullient winner was Finkel, who plays the hambone attorney

noun

A person who fancies himself an actor; histrionic self-advertiser; ham: Every hambone from the deep sticks was constrained to make a speech for the benefit of the cameras (1893+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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