gammon

\ \ Gammonbacon’ [15] is not related to the gammon [18] of backgammon. It comes from Old Northern French gambon (source also of modern French jambonham’), which was a derivative of gambeleg’ – hence etymologically ‘leg meat’. This seems to go back ultimately to Greek kampébend’, which was used particularly as an anatomical term for joints of the body. Latin took it over as a veterinary expression, gamba, denoting a ‘horse’s hoof’, and it passed in due course into Italian as gamba (whence English gambit, gambol, jamb [14], and the gamba of viola da gamba [18], played between the legs) and into French as jambe, both meaning ‘leg’. The gammon of backgammon comes from Middle English gamen, the ancestor of modern English game (see also BACKGAMMON).
\ \ Cf.GAMBIT, GAMBOL, JAMB

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  • Gammon — can mean:* A particular cut of bacon or ham (from an Old Northern French word Gambe for hind leg of the pig or ham) processed pork product * A synonym for Shelta, the language of the Irish Travellers * A victory in backgammon reached before the… …   Wikipedia

  • gammon — ‘bacon’ [15] is not related to the gammon [18] of backgammon. It comes from Old Northern French gambon (source also of modern French jambon ‘ham’), which was a derivative of gambe ‘leg’ – hence etymologically ‘leg meat’. This seems to go back… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • gammon — gammon1 [gam′ən] n. [ME gambon < NormFr < dial. Fr gambe: see GAMB] 1. the bottom end of a side of bacon 2. a smoked or cured ham or side of bacon gammon2 [gam′ən] n. [ME gammen, var. of game, gamen: see GAME1 …   English World dictionary

  • Gammon — Gam mon, v. t. 1. To beat in the game of backgammon, before an antagonist has been able to get his men or counters home and withdraw any of them from the board; as, to gammon a person. In certain variants of the game one who gammons an opponent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gammon — steht für: eine Mischsprache (auch als Shelta, Sheldru oder Cant bezeichnet) den doppelten Sieg einer Partie Backgammon den Familiennamen von: James Gammon (1940–2010), US amerikanischer Schauspieler …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gammon — Gam mon (g[a^]m m[u^]n), n. [See 2d {Game}.] 1. Backgammon. [1913 Webster] 2. A victory in the game of backgammon in which one player gammons another, i. e., the winner bears off all of his pieces before his opponent bears off any pieces; as, he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gammon — Gam mon, v. t. [Etymol. unknown.] (Naut.) To fasten (a bowsprit) to the stem of a vessel by lashings of rope or chain, or by a band of iron. Totten. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gammon — Gam mon (g[a^]m m[u^]n), n. [OF. gambon, F. jambon, fr. OF. gambe leg, F. jambe. See {Gambol}, n., and cf. {Ham}.] The buttock or thigh of a hog, salted and smoked or dried; the lower end of a flitch. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gammon — Gam mon (g[a^]m m[u^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gammoned} (g[a^]m m[u^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Gammoning}.] To make bacon of; to salt and dry in smoke. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gammon — (Back G.), ein dem Puff verwandtes Brettspiel mit Steinen und Würfeln, ist in England nach sehr beliebt …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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