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[spam] /spæm/
a canned food product consisting especially of pork formed into a solid block.
(lowercase) disruptive messages, especially commercial messages posted on a computer network or sent as e-mail.
verb (used with object), spammed, spamming.
(lowercase) to send spam to.
verb (used without object), spammed, spamming.
(lowercase) to send spam.
(def. 1) sp(iced) + (h)am; (other defs.) 1990-95; referring to a comedy routine on Monty Python's Flying Circus, British TV series Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spamming
  • Try to stay on topic next time and stop spamming my blog.
  • At the same time, spamming our students with emails from every club and organization on campus is not helpful either.
  • Old-style spamming may, perhaps, be coming under control.
  • More recently, the group has engaged in phishing attacks in addition to their regular spamming and hacking activities.
  • It has been activated only once, to perform a relatively mundane spamming operation-enough to demonstrate that it is not benign.
  • But you keep spamming this place with your propaganda.
  • Simply create myself a little website, do a little spamming of hotels and restaurants, and charge a fee to write bogus reviews.
  • spamming is the equivalent of boring people or mixing in business.
  • Distribute easy-to-use mail spamming programs for free.
  • The viability of reward system for those who report unlawful spamming.
British Dictionary definitions for spamming


verb spams, spamming, spammed
to send unsolicited electronic mail or text messages simultaneously to a number of e-mail addresses or mobile phones
unsolicited electronic mail or text messages sent in this way
Derived Forms
spammer, noun
Word Origin
C20: from the repeated use of the word Spam in a popular sketch from the British television show Monty Python's Flying Circus, first broadcast in 1969


trademark a kind of tinned luncheon meat, made largely from pork


the sending of multiple unsolicited e-mails or text messages, usually for marketing purposes
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Word Origin and History for spamming



proprietary name registered by Geo. A. Hormel & Co. in U.S., 1937; probably a conflation of spiced ham. Soon extended to other kinds of canned meat. In the sense of "Internet junk mail" it was coined by Usenet users after March 31, 1993, when Usenet administrator Richard Depew inadvertently posted the same message 200 times to a discussion group. The term had been used in online text games, and it was from the comedy routine in British TV show "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (beloved by many intellectual geeks) where a restaurant's menu items all devolve into spam.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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spamming in Culture

spam definition

Unsolicited, undesired e-mail. Also used as a verb. Spam is the e-mail version of junk mail.

Note: The name comes from a Monty Python comedy skit about a restaurant that served only Spam.
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Slang definitions & phrases for spamming



To send a computer message out to myriad people: the cost to spam an advertisement in thousands of news groups is typically less than $50/ Spamming. Sending out on the Internet the cyberspace equivalent of junk mail

[1990s+ Computer; fr Spam, trademark for a brand of canned meat, which acquired a probably undeserved unsavory reputation among WWII troops]

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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spamming in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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