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[sham-ee] /ˈʃæm i/
noun, plural shammies, verb, shammied, shammying.
chamois (defs 2–4, 6, 7). Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for shammy


noun (pl) -mies
(informal) another word for chamois (sense 3) Also called shammy leather
Word Origin
C18: variant, influenced by the pronunciation, of chamois
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Word Origin and History for shammy

1650s, phonetic spelling of chamois. Other bungled spellings include shambo (1610s), shamois, shamoys, shammies. Cf. shay from chaise; shappo (1700) for chapeau; shapperoon (1620s) for chaperon.

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