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EtymologyEdit

Probably a dialectal form of shame.

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sham (comparative more sham, superlative most sham)

  1. Intended to deceive; false.
    It was only a sham wedding: they didn't care much for one another but wanted their parents to stop hassling them.
  2. counterfeit; unreal
    • Jowett
      They scorned the sham independence proffered to them by the Athenians.

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NounEdit

sham (plural shams)

  1. A fake; an imitation that purports to be genuine.
    The time-share deal was a sham.
  2. Trickery, hoaxing.
    A con-man must be skilled in the arts of sham and deceit.
  3. A false front, or removable ornamental covering.
  4. A decorative cover for a pillow.

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  • pillow sham

VerbEdit

sham (third-person singular simple present shams, present participle shamming, simple past and past participle shammed)

  1. To deceive, cheat, lie.
    • L'Estrange
      Fooled and shammed into a conviction.
  2. To obtrude by fraud or imposition.
    • L'Estrange
      We must have a care that we do not [] sham fallacies upon the world for current reason.
  3. To assume the manner and character of; to imitate; to ape; to feign.

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UzbekEdit

Other scripts
Cyrillic шам
Roman sham
Perso-Arabic ‍‍

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic شمع

NounEdit

sham (plural shamlar)

  1. candle
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