Share this entry
hamfatter Syllabification: ham·fat·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈhamˌfadər/
(also hamfat)

Definition of hamfatter in English:


An inexpert or amateurish performer, especially a mediocre jazz musician: [as modifier]: recordings loaded with that “hamfat” band sound
More example sentences
  • There were not a lot of jazz guitarists teaching in Richmond Hill, so at first I wasted some time studying with a local hamfat who tried to teach me stuff.
  • These amateurs were called hamfatters and, later, hams.


Late 19th century: perhaps an alteration of amateur.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources