Definition of ham-and-egger in English:



  • An ordinary man.

    ‘he's fired from his law firm and forced to hit the streets with a thousand other ham-and-eggers’
    • ‘While it's hard not to view Bon Jovi as a rock ‘n’ roll ham-and-egger whose popularity far exceeds his talent level, a throng that much of the time could best be described as rabid would be quick to disagree.’
    • ‘Dan Alexander and Correll Buckhalter are ham-and-eggers who aren't going to run away from defenders.’
    • ‘I would venture to guess the lowly ham-and-egger doing that kind of work is not drawing a lot of press attention and never will.’
    • ‘Fraley and Koppen, two real ham-and-eggers, are cut from the same cloth.’
    • ‘How was this second-year ham-and-egger out of the University of Michigan going to turn things around for the Pats?’


Early 20th century: originally used in boxing, in the sense ‘an average boxer who earns only enough to pay for his meals’.