When she found that it was not shamming, she crept softly to the bed where the four girls slept and changed their places.
The constable did not know whether he was shamming or not, but he took no risks.
Come, come; don't stand there shedding your crocodile tears; you are found out, and may as well leave off shamming any more.
Possibly he's shamming, now; though he was stunned, as well as half-suffocated.'
I treated him rather severely, convinced that he was shamming, and he set up a most uncanny howling.
It's just too sweet of her, any way, even if she's shamming.
“He is shamming, Nat, like a very bashful boy,” said Uncle Dick.
We thought that they were shamming, and treated them like the rest.
You're not shamming ennui, are you, to imitate your swell acquaintances?
None the less, watching Kathryn, she could not in sincerity accuse her of any shamming.
1670s, "a trick, a hoax, a fraud," also as a verb and an adjective, of uncertain origin; the words burst into use in 1677. Perhaps from sham, a northern dialectal variant of shame (n.); a derivation OED finds "not impossible." Sense of "something meant to be mistaken for something else" is from 1728. The meaning "false front" in pillow-sham (1721) is from the notion of "counterfeit." Related: Shammed; shamming; shammer. Shamateur "amateur sportsman who acts like a professional" is from 1896.