Definition of hammy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhami/

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.



Example sentences
  • 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.


Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with hammy

chamois, clammy, gammy, Grammy, jammy, mammae, mammee, Miami, ramie, rammy, Sammy, shammy, whammy

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