noun[mass noun] British
- 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.
Late 15th century (denoting the haunch of a pig): from Old Northern French gambon, from gambe 'leg'.
Words that rhyme with gammonAlabaman, Amman, Ammon, Drammen, Mammon, salmon
- 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.
- 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.
Mid 18th century: apparently from Old English gamen or gamenian (see game1), with survival of the -n ending.
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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