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EtymologyEdit

From ham +‎ vraag. Originated from the Dutch 1950s radio quiz Mastklimmen, in which contestants received a ham as the final prize.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɦɑm.vraːx/
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  • Hyphenation: ham‧vraag

NounEdit

hamvraag f (plural hamvragen, diminutive hamvraagje n)

  1. the final, critical or most important question, the crux
    • 2004, Yvonne Keuls, Familiegedoe, Ambo.
      ‘De hamvraag is natuurlijk: is hij gevaarlijk?’ poneert meneer Mercedes.
      "Of course the crucial question is: is he dangerous?" mister Mercedes states.