1 [ham-ee]
adjective, hammier, hammiest.
resembling ham in taste, flavor, appearance, etc.

1860–65; ham1 + -y1

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2 [ham-ee]
adjective, hammier, hammiest.
characteristic of a person who overacts.

1925–30; ham2 + -y1

hammily, adverb
hamminess, noun
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hammy (ˈhæmɪ)
adj , -mier, -miest
1.  (of an actor) overacting or tending to overact
2.  (of a play, performance, etc) overacted or exaggerated

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Example sentences
The flavor is more delicate and less hammy than prosciutto, the experience more
Their hammy natures make playacting and poetry recitations delightful.
The hammy looks to be behind him and he's a better option.
The acting principals are attractive professionals, who are only rarely hammy,
  even in closeups.
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