Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word ham. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in ham.
Definitions and meaning of ham
From Middle Englishhamme, from Old Englishhamm(“inner or hind part of the knee, ham”), from Proto-Germanic*hamō, *hammō, *hanmō, from Proto-Indo-European*kónh₂m(“leg”). Cognate with Dutchham(“ham”), dialectal GermanHamme(“hind part of the knee, ham”), dialectal Swedishham(“the hind part of the knee”), Icelandichöm(“the ham or haunch of a horse”), Old Irishcnáim(“bone”), Ancient Greekκνήμη(knḗmē, “shinbone”). Compare gammon.
(Southern England, General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈhæːm/
ham (countable and uncountable, pluralhams)
(anatomy) The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock.
(countable) A thigh and buttock of an animal slaughtered for meat.
(uncountable) Meat from the thigh of a hog cured for food.
The back of the thigh.
(Internet, informal, uncommon) Electronic mail that is wanted; mail that is not spam or junk mail.
From Old Englishhām.
Obsolete form of home.
Persists in many old place names, such as Buckingham.
Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “ham”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
Of uncertain origin, though it is generally agreed upon that it first appeared in print around the 1880s. At least four theories persist:
It came naturally from the word amateur. Deemed likely by Hendrickson (1997), but then the question would be why it took so long to pop up. He rejects the folk etymology of Cockney slang hamateur because it originated in American English.
From the play Hamlet, where the title character was often played poorly and/or in an exaggerated manner. Also deemed likely by Hendrickson, though he raises the issue that the term would have likely been around earlier if this were case.
From the minstrel's practice of using ham fat to remove heavy black makeup used during performances.
Shortened from hamfatter(“inferior actor”), said to derive from the 1863 minstrel show song The Ham-fat Man. William and Mary Morris (1988) argue that it's not known whether the song inspired the term or the term inspired the song, but that they believe the latter is the case.
(acting) An overacting or amateurish performer; an actor with an especially showy or exaggerated style.
Synonyms:hambone, hamfatter, overactor, tear-cat
(radio) An amateur radio operator.
ham (third-person singular simple presenthams, present participlehamming, simple past and past participlehammed)
(acting) To overact; to act with exaggerated emotions.
chew the scenery, ham it up, melodramatize, overact, tear a cat
HMA, MHA, Mah, mah
From Dutchham, from Middle Dutchhamme, from Old Dutch [Term?], from Proto-Germanic*hammō, from Proto-Indo-European*kónh₂m(“leg”).
ham (pluralhamme, diminutivehammetjie)
ham(cured pork from the thigh of a swine)
Compare Hindiहम(ham, “we”).
Beknopt Nederland-Sarnami Woordenboek met Sarnami Hindoestani-Nederlanse Woordenlijst (in Dutch), Paramaribo: Instituut voor Taalwetenschap, 2002
(Balearic, Central, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈam/
“ham” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
From Englishham, from Middle Englishhamme, from Old Englishhamm(“inner or hind part of the knee, ham”), from Proto-Germanic*hamō, *hammō, *hanmō, from Proto-Indo-European*kónh₂m(“leg”).
ham; meat from the thigh of a hog cured for food
From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian*kami, from Proto-Austronesian*kami. Cognates include Indonesiankami and Tagalogkami.
we, us (exclusive)
ham is used either as a subject of an intransitive verb or as an object of a transitive verb, while in is used as a subject of a transitive verb.
In transitive clauses with an indefinite object, ham can be used as a subject.
Donald M. Topping (1973) Chamorro Reference Grammar, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.