Definition of hammy in English:

hammy

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Pronunciation: /ˈhami
 
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adjective (hammier, hammiest)

1 informal (Of acting or an actor) exaggerated or over-theatrical: there is some hammy acting
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  • Other reviews of Star Trek II - The Wrath Of Khan I've read on the Internet have commented on its melodramatics and its hammy acting.
  • Wednesday's opener was full of all those little traits viewers have come to equate with ITV drama: hammy acting, excruciating dialogue, stereotypes and ludicrous plots.
  • Sadly, the acting is never hammy enough to be enjoyable and the sets are well constructed just enough to be convincing.
2(Of a hand or thigh) thick and solid: he often pounds one hammy fist into the other
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  • Soon two large, hammy hands clamped down on his flailing fists and pulled him away, gasping and sputtering, his hair hanging in his face.
  • ‘This is Shadowspirit, named after both his dam and sire,’ Lium said proudly, rubbing his hammy hand against the flanks of the huge horse nearest him.
  • His hammy hand did a roll-down motion and I engaged the power window on his side.

Derivatives

hammily

adverb
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  • The Television Without Pity recapper seems to think the father is played too hammily, but I thought the point was to show a certain kind of father who intentionally hams it up, which I find endearing.
  • Unfortunately, what Cecil offers seems little better - it's little more than an episodic series of hammily acted altercations between his shrill cast and various bemused multiplex employees and film producers.
  • Bulldog was just stupid and hammily overplayed.

hamminess

noun
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  • The story of lonely video-dater Julian and his cabaret-singing, sequin-wearing alter ego Joyce is told without hamminess or too much camp - although hugely funny, Venus Rooms is also moving, delicate and truly poignant.
  • With a solid cast, respected director and the well-publicised loan of 30 Marks & Spencer suits for the cast during the run, hamminess, togas and thickly applied make-up have no place in this production.
  • Usually hamminess in R & J is reserved for Mercutio, and with good reason; we need to like Mercutio particularly, we need to appreciate him, because he's the first one to die.

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