Definition of hamfatter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhamˌfadər/

Entry from US English dictionary

(also hamfat)


An inexpert or amateurish performer, especially a mediocre jazz musician: [as modifier]: recordings loaded with that “hamfat” band sound
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  • 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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Syllabification: ham·fat·ter

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