There are 3 definitions of gammon in English:

gammon1

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noun

[mass noun] British
  • 1Ham which has been cured or smoked like bacon: [as modifier]: gammon steaks
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    • Twelve ounce steaks are available, as are moussaka, deep fried scampi and gammon steaks, as well as a choice of reasonably-priced burgers and kebabs.
    • Half an hour later, I left laden with gammon steaks, beefburgers, bacon, a side of beef, poultry, a bag of aubergines and two dozen eggs - all from local producers.
    • Chicken goujons, sausage rolls and turkey gammon roasts are soon to go the way of spaghetti hoops in Hampshire's school kitchens: they will be kicked off the menu.
  • 1.1 [count noun] The bottom piece of a side of bacon, including a hind leg: a whole gammon on the bone
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    • We take pride in our home dry-cured bacon and gammons.
    • Today, few of us have pans large enough in which to cook a whole gammon, or even an end of gammon on the bone.

Origin

late 15th century (denoting the haunch of a pig): from Old Northern French gambon, from gambe 'leg'.

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There are 3 definitions of gammon in English:

gammon2

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noun

  • A victory in backgammon (carrying a double score) in which the winner removes all their pieces before the loser has removed any.
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    • Earlier we mentioned briefly the possibility of gammons and backgammons, where the winner wins twice or three times the stake.
    • Her probability of winning may still be far below 80%, but if she doubles, Player B will gratefully refuse and concede just a single point, rather than the two he would concede if he lost a gammon.

verb

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  • Defeat (an opponent) with a gammon.
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    • I now roll a real caffeine-rush, high-velocity 5-5, closing him out, and gammoning him for the match.
    • Players starting with less than 15 checkers in play may still be gammoned or backgammoned.
    • He took down the third game, narrowly, and then I almost gammoned him again on the fourth.

Origin

mid 18th century: apparently from Old English gamen or gamenian (see game1), with survival of the -n ending.

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Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea

There are 3 definitions of gammon in English:

gammon3

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Pronunciation: /ˈgamən
 
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informal , • dated

noun

  • Nonsense; rubbish: ‘That’s gammon,’ he said, ‘how much real money did you stump up?’
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    • 'Come, that's gammon, Pink' said Christian.
    • I wonder you will talk such gammon, I do, indeed!

verb

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  • Hoax or deceive (someone): you’re gammoning me!
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    • Again and again, he 'gammoned' me and nobody was then game to tell me that I was the unknowing victim of deceptions.
    • "He was always telling interviewers about his people," said the author; "but he gammoned them."

Origin

early 18th century: origin uncertain; the term was first used as criminals' slang in give gammon to 'give cover to a pickpocket' and keep in gammon 'distract a victim for a pickpocket'.

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Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea