One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An inexpert or amateurish performer, especially a mediocre jazz musician.as modifier ‘recordings loaded with that “hamfat” band sound’
- ‘These amateurs were called hamfatters and, later, hams.’
- ‘There were not a lot of jazz guitarists teaching in Richmond Hill, so at first I wasted some time studying with a local hamfat who tried to teach me stuff.’
Late 19th century: perhaps an alteration of amateur.
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