gammon
I. noun Etymology: Anglo-French gambon ham, from gambe, jambe leg, from Late Latin gamba — more at gambit Date: 15th century 1. chiefly British ham 2 2. chiefly British a. a side of bacon b. the lower end of a side of bacon II. noun Etymology: perhaps alteration of Middle English gamen game Date: circa 1734 1. archaic backgammon 2. the winning of a backgammon game before the loser removes any men from the board III. transitive verb Date: 1735 to beat by scoring a gammon IV. verb Date: 1789 intransitive verb 1. to talk gammon 2. pretend, feign transitive verb deceive, fool V. noun Etymology: perhaps from argot to give (someone) gammon to distract a victim during a robbery Date: 1805 talk intended to deceive

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  • Gammon — can mean:* A particular cut of bacon or ham (from an Old Northern French word Gambe for hind leg of the pig or ham) processed pork product * A synonym for Shelta, the language of the Irish Travellers * A victory in backgammon reached before the… …   Wikipedia

  • gammon — ‘bacon’ [15] is not related to the gammon [18] of backgammon. It comes from Old Northern French gambon (source also of modern French jambon ‘ham’), which was a derivative of gambe ‘leg’ – hence etymologically ‘leg meat’. This seems to go back… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • gammon — ‘bacon’ [15] is not related to the gammon [18] of backgammon. It comes from Old Northern French gambon (source also of modern French jambon ‘ham’), which was a derivative of gambe ‘leg’ – hence etymologically ‘leg meat’. This seems to go back… …   Word origins

  • gammon — gammon1 [gam′ən] n. [ME gambon < NormFr < dial. Fr gambe: see GAMB] 1. the bottom end of a side of bacon 2. a smoked or cured ham or side of bacon gammon2 [gam′ən] n. [ME gammen, var. of game, gamen: see GAME1 …   English World dictionary

  • Gammon — Gam mon, v. t. 1. To beat in the game of backgammon, before an antagonist has been able to get his men or counters home and withdraw any of them from the board; as, to gammon a person. In certain variants of the game one who gammons an opponent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gammon — steht für: eine Mischsprache (auch als Shelta, Sheldru oder Cant bezeichnet) den doppelten Sieg einer Partie Backgammon den Familiennamen von: James Gammon (1940–2010), US amerikanischer Schauspieler …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gammon — Gam mon (g[a^]m m[u^]n), n. [See 2d {Game}.] 1. Backgammon. [1913 Webster] 2. A victory in the game of backgammon in which one player gammons another, i. e., the winner bears off all of his pieces before his opponent bears off any pieces; as, he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gammon — Gam mon, v. t. [Etymol. unknown.] (Naut.) To fasten (a bowsprit) to the stem of a vessel by lashings of rope or chain, or by a band of iron. Totten. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gammon — Gam mon (g[a^]m m[u^]n), n. [OF. gambon, F. jambon, fr. OF. gambe leg, F. jambe. See {Gambol}, n., and cf. {Ham}.] The buttock or thigh of a hog, salted and smoked or dried; the lower end of a flitch. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gammon — Gam mon (g[a^]m m[u^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gammoned} (g[a^]m m[u^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Gammoning}.] To make bacon of; to salt and dry in smoke. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gammon — (Back G.), ein dem Puff verwandtes Brettspiel mit Steinen und Würfeln, ist in England nach sehr beliebt …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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