Entry from US English dictionary
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.
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