From chamois with an initial sh to represent the sound /ʃ/ in English.
shammy (countable and uncountable, plural shammies)
- Chamois leather.
- A cloth made of this leather.
chamois leather — See also translations at chamois
cloth — See also translations at chamois
shammy (third-person singular simple present shammies, present participle shammying, simple past and past participle shammied)
- (transitive) To clean with a chamois leather cloth.
- (slang) Champagne.
- 1892, Fores's Sporting Notes & Sketches (page 53)
- Two smart-looking damsels have risked their lives on the top, and are sipping a glass of 'shammy' to keep up their spirits.