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hammy1

[ham-ee] /ˈhæm i/
adjective, hammier, hammiest.
1.
resembling ham in taste, flavor, appearance, etc.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; ham1 + -y1

hammy2

[ham-ee] /ˈhæm i/
adjective, hammier, hammiest.
1.
characteristic of a person who overacts. overacts.
2.
overacted.
Origin
1925-30; ham2 + -y1
Related forms
hammily, adverb
hamminess, noun
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Examples from the web for hammy
  • The flavor is more delicate and less hammy than prosciutto, the experience more complex.
  • 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.
  • Kern's overwrought dialogue has the hammy desperation of kitchen-sink realism trumped up for a playwriting exercise.
  • They gave the kinds of performances that can seem hammy on recordings but keep an audience riveted.
British Dictionary definitions for hammy

hammy

/ˈhæmɪ/
adjective (informal) -mier, -miest
1.
(of an actor) overacting or tending to overact
2.
(of a play, performance, etc) overacted or exaggerated
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