Shamming
Sham Sham, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shammed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shamming}.] 1. To trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false pretenses. [1913 Webster]

Fooled and shammed into a conviction. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

2. To obtrude by fraud or imposition. [R.] [1913 Webster]

We must have a care that we do not . . . sham fallacies upon the world for current reason. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

3. To assume the manner and character of; to imitate; to ape; to feign. [1913 Webster]

{To sham Abram} or {To sham Abraham}, to feign sickness; to malinger. Hence a malingerer is called, in sailors' cant, Sham Abram, or Sham Abraham. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • shamming — ʃæm n. counterfeit, fraud, hoax, fake; someone who pretends to be something he is not; pretense; decorative or protective covering (i.e. for a pillow, etc.) v. pretend, feign; trick, deceive adj. false, deceptive; pretended, , feigned …   English contemporary dictionary

  • shamming — present part of sham …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sham —    Neo shamanism is often alleged to be a false shamanism, a pretense or self delusion based on the wish by colonialists to acquire the metaphorical gold of indigenous spirituality. Early travelers and anthropologists were equally persuaded that… …   Historical dictionary of shamanism

  • sham — sham1 [ʃæm] n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Perhaps from sham shame (13 17 centuries), from shame] 1.) [singular] someone or something that is not what they are claimed to be used to show disapproval ▪ The elections were a complete sham. ▪ Hutton was …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sham — v., n., & adj. v. (shammed, shamming) 1 intr. feign, pretend. 2 tr. a pretend to be. b simulate (is shamming sleep). n. 1 imposture, pretence. 2 a person or thing pretending or pretended to be what he or she or it is not. adj. pretended,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sham — Sham, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shammed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shamming}.] 1. To trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false pretenses. [1913 Webster] Fooled and shammed into a conviction. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. To obtrude by fraud or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sham — Sham, v. i. To make false pretenses; to deceive; to feign; to impose. [1913 Webster] Wondering . . . whether those who lectured him were such fools as they professed to be, or were only shamming. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shammed — Sham Sham, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shammed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shamming}.] 1. To trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false pretenses. [1913 Webster] Fooled and shammed into a conviction. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. To obtrude by fraud or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To sham Abraham — Sham Sham, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shammed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shamming}.] 1. To trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false pretenses. [1913 Webster] Fooled and shammed into a conviction. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. To obtrude by fraud or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To sham Abram — Sham Sham, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shammed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shamming}.] 1. To trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false pretenses. [1913 Webster] Fooled and shammed into a conviction. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. To obtrude by fraud or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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