Definition of hammy in English:



  • 1informal (of acting or an actor) exaggerated or over-theatrical.

    ‘there is some hammy acting’
    • ‘Ropey dialogue and hammy acting abound, and Zombie seems in no hurry to wind up the proceedings as the film starts to feel interminable.’
    • ‘This disc escapes the electric chair only due to the judge's fascination with William Shatner's hammy acting.’
    • ‘Which singer will die next and have his dumb musician's problems re-enacted by a hammy actor who wants an Oscar really bad?’
    • ‘Look beyond the ancient effects and hammy acting, however, and you'll find reflected on the movie the familiar gaze of innocent eyes.’
    • ‘Wolfgang Koch sings with well-focussed richness as Peter, the son driven to an excess of hammy acting by Eva's desertion.’
    • ‘The voice acting is deliberately hammy, the sound effects are loud and intrusive and the gameplay is frantic.’
    • ‘How are you supposed to follow the story when you're constantly making sarcastic comments about the hammy acting?’
    • ‘Autobiography used to be the preserve of hammy actors, gammy lieutenant commanders and superannuated hangers-on to the Bloomsbury Group.’
    • ‘You can feel the writers trying to create a new evil nemesis for Steed and the crew, and the surreal set designs and hammy acting by the lead bad guy more than makes up for the 1930s era tin man cyborgs.’
    • ‘Sadly, the acting is never hammy enough to be enjoyable and the sets are well constructed just enough to be convincing.’
    • ‘While the films are plagued by poorly developed plots and hammy acting, the fight sequences are excellent in that they reveal the true roots of Jackie's training.’
    • ‘His speech was a lamentable effort - nothing about it was convincing, from the hammy acting to the misfired soundbites.’
    • ‘They used hammy actors to ‘reconstruct’ the alleged plot, with sinister characters smearing a dark substance on door handles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you can put yourself in a mental place to enjoy this completely flawed but eminently watchable sci-fi homage, you will be rewarded with clever twists, enjoyably hammy acting, and great footage of a stunning woman in her prime.’
    • ‘However, the consistently bad dialogue, expensive set design and knowingly hammy acting lifts it almost to pastiche level.’
    • ‘It would be hard, for example, for someone playing Bottom (John Ramm, in this case) to preen and swagger, when showing off his hammy acting, if he is barefoot, as was the entire cast here.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's hard now to see the lame special effects and hammy acting of Star Trek without giggling to myself.’
    • ‘The acting was hammy, the jokes were forced, and the entire thing came across like a high school play - actors overdoing everything in cringe-worthy performances.’
    exaggerated, theatrical, ostentatious, actressy, stagy, showy, melodramatic, overacted, overdone, overripe, actorly, histrionic, affected, mannered, artificial, stilted, unreal, forced
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  • 2(of a hand or thigh) thick and solid.

    ‘he often pounds one hammy fist into the other’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On a night of tidal emotions, the night when Beckham became a fetish, I found my hammy Irish fists jerking themselves convulsively upwards from my pressbox desk and towards the sky when Argentina went ahead.’
    • ‘He felt a big, hammy hand land on his shoulder and tug him out of the chair, which toppled to the ground.’