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Topic: BROADCASTING

Sense: 1
Origin: Old English hamm
Sense: 2
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: Perhaps from amateur
Sense: 3
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: ham-fatter 'bad actor' (19-20 centuries), from the song 'The Ham-fat Man'.

ham

1 noun
     
ham1
1 [uncountable and countable]DF the upper part of a pig's leg, or the meat from this that has been preserved with salt or smoke [↪ gammon]:
a ham sandwich
a seven-pound ham
2 [countable]TCB someone who receives and sends radio messages for fun rather than as their job
3 [countable] informalAP an actor who performs with too much false emotion
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