(especially in vaudeville) a performer made up in blackface and using a stereotyped black dialect.
1855, “bone of a ham,” from ham (n.1) + bone (n.). Meaning “inferior actor or performer” is from 1893, an elaboration of ham (n.2).
: The night’s most ebullient winner was Finkel, who plays the hambone attorney
A person who fancies himself an actor; histrionic self-advertiser; ham: Every hambone from the deep sticks was constrained to make a speech for the benefit of the cameras (1893+)
[ham-burg; for 1, 2 also German hahm-boo rk] /ˈhæm bɜrg; for 1, 2 also German ˈhɑm bʊərk/ noun 1. a state in N Germany. 288 sq. mi. (746 sq. km). 2. a city in and the capital of this state, on the Elbe River: the largest seaport in continental Europe. 3. a town in W […]
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[ham-duh n] /ˈhæm dən/ noun 1. a town in S Connecticut.
[heym] /heɪm/ noun 1. either of two curved pieces lying upon the collar in the harness of an animal, to which the traces are fastened. /heɪm/ noun 1. either of the two curved bars holding the traces of the harness, attached to the collar of a draught animal /hem/ noun, adverb 1. a Scot word […]