Spams

Spam

[spam]
Trademark.
1.
a canned food product consisting especially of pork formed into a solid block.
noun
2.
(lowercase) disruptive messages, especially commercial messages posted on a computer network or sent as e-mail.
verb (used with object), spammed, spamming.
3.
(lowercase) to send spam to.
verb (used without object), spammed, spamming.
4.
(lowercase) to send spam.

Origin:
(def. 1) sp(iced) + (h)am; (other defs.) 1990–95; referring to a comedy routine on Monty Python's Flying Circus, British TV series

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spam (spæm)
 
vb , spams, spamming, spammed
1.  to send unsolicited electronic mail or text messages simultaneously to a number of e-mail addresses or mobile phones
 
n
2.  unsolicited electronic mail or text messages sent in this way
 
[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]
 
'spammer
 
n

Spam (spæm)
 
n
trademark a kind of tinned luncheon meat, made largely from pork

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spam
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" where a restaurant's menu items all devolve into spam.
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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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