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Definition of "gammon" []

  • A victory in backgammon reached before the loser has succeeded in removing a single piece. (noun)
  • To defeat in backgammon by scoring a gammon. (verb-transitive)
  • Misleading or nonsensical talk; humbug. (noun)
  • See Shelta. (noun)
  • To mislead by deceptive talk. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gammon" in a sentence
  • "She got high and mighty, and I told her I was old enough to be her grandfather and that I wouldn't take gammon from a chit like her."
  • "I observed, "Well, I must say you 'gammon' through very well, for I always think you are one of the easiest speakers of the day.""
  • "Lay in a large stock of "gammon" and pennyroyal -- carefully strip and pare all the tainted parts away, when this can be done without destroying the whole -- wrap it up in printed paper, containing all possible virtues -- baste with flattery, stuff with adulation, garnish with fictitious attributes, and a strong infusion of sycophancy."