Definitions for SPAMspæm

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word SPAM

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Spamspæm(n.; v.)spammed, spam•ming.

  1. Trademark.a canned food product consisting esp. of pork formed into a solid block.

    Category: Trademark, Cooking

  2. (n.)(l.c.) a disruptive, esp. commercial message posted on a computer network or sent as e-mail.

    Category: Computers

  3. (v.t.)(l.c.) to send spam to.

    Category: Computers

  4. (v.i.)(l.c.) to send spam.

    Category: Computers

Origin of Spam:

(def. 1) <sp (iced ) + (h )am ; (other defs.) 1990–95; ref. to a comedy routine on Monty Python's Flying Circus, Brit. TV series


Princeton's WordNet

  1. Spam(noun)

    a canned meat made largely from pork

  2. spam, junk e-mail(verb)

    unwanted e-mail (usually of a commercial nature sent out in bulk)

  3. spam(verb)

    send unwanted or junk e-mail

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spam(noun)ˈæm

    emails, usually advertising sth, that you receive without having asked for them

    a spam filter


  1. spam(Noun)

    A collection of unsolicited bulk electronic messages.

    I get far too much spam.

  2. spam(Noun)

    Any undesired electronic content automatically generated for commercial purposes.

  3. spam(Noun)

    An unsolicited electronic message sent in bulk, usually by email or newsgroups.

    I received 58 spams yesterday.

  4. spam(Noun)

    (tinned meat product)

  5. spam(Verb)

    To send spam (i.e. unsolicited electronic messages.)

  6. spam(Verb)

    To send spam (i.e. unsolicited electronic messages) to a person or entity.

  7. spam(Verb)

    To relentlessly attack an enemy with a spell or ability.

  8. SPAM(ProperNoun)

    Tinned meat made mainly from ham by Hormel Foods Corporation.

  9. Origin: The original sense (canned ham) is a proprietary name registered by Geo. A. Hormel & Co. in U.S., 1937. It is presumed to be a conflation of spiced ham but was soon extended to other kinds of canned meat.


  1. Spam

    Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited bulk messages, especially advertising, indiscriminately. While the most widely recognized form of spam is e-mail spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media: instant messaging spam, Usenet newsgroup spam, Web search engine spam, spam in blogs, wiki spam, online classified ads spam, mobile phone messaging spam, Internet forum spam, junk fax transmissions, social networking spam, social spam, television advertising and file sharing spam. It is named for Spam, a luncheon meat, by way of a Monty Python sketch in which Spam is included in almost every dish. Spamming remains economically viable because advertisers have no operating costs beyond the management of their mailing lists, and it is difficult to hold senders accountable for their mass mailings. Because the barrier to entry is so low, spammers are numerous, and the volume of unsolicited mail has become very high. In the year 2011, the estimated figure for spam messages is around seven trillion. The costs, such as lost productivity and fraud, are borne by the public and by Internet service providers, which have been forced to add extra capacity to cope with the deluge. Spamming has been the subject of legislation in many jurisdictions.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. spam

    [from Monty Python's Flying Circus] 1. To crash a program by overrunning a fixed-size buffer with excessively large input data. See also buffer overflow, overrun screw, smash the stack. 2. To cause a newsgroup to be flooded with irrelevant or inappropriate messages. You can spam a newsgroup with as little as one well- (or ill-) planned message (e.g. asking “What do you think of abortion?” on soc.women). This is often done with cross-posting (e.g. any message which is cross-posted to alt.rush-limbaugh and alt.politics.homosexuality will almost inevitably spam both groups). This overlaps with troll behavior; the latter more specific term has become more common. 3. To send many identical or nearly-identical messages separately to a large number of Usenet newsgroups. This is more specifically called ECP, Excessive Cross-Posting. This is one sure way to infuriate nearly everyone on the Net. See also velveeta and jello. 4. To bombard a newsgroup with multiple copies of a message. This is more specifically called EMP, Excessive Multi-Posting. 5. To mass-mail unrequested identical or nearly-identical email messages, particularly those containing advertising. Especially used when the mail addresses have been culled from network traffic or databases without the consent of the recipients. Synonyms include UCE, UBE. As a noun, ‘spam’ refers to the messages so sent. 6. Any large, annoying, quantity of output. For instance, someone on IRC who walks away from their screen and comes back to find 200 lines of text might say “Oh no, spam”.The later definitions have become much more prevalent as the Internet has opened up to non-techies, and to most people senses 3 4 and 5 are now primary. All three behaviors are considered abuse of the net, and are almost universally grounds for termination of the originator's email account or network connection. In these senses the term ‘spam’ has gone mainstream, though without its original sense or folkloric freight — there is apparently a widespread myth among lusers that “spamming” is what happens when you dump cans of Spam into a revolving fan. Hormel, the makers of Spam, have published a surprisingly enlightened position statement on the Internet usage.

Anagrams of SPAM

  1. amps , AMPS, maps, samp

  2. samp

  3. amps , AMPS

  4. maps

Translations for SPAM

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to send many copies of a message (= ``junk'') on the Internet

I've been spammed.

  • strooiposAfrikaans
  • يُرسِل عِدَّة رَسائِل في الإنترنِتArabic
  • пълня е-майл-а на някого със съобщенияBulgarian
  • spamPortuguese (BR)
  • poslat nevyžádané e-mailyCzech
  • spammenGerman
  • spammetDanish
  • στέλνω άχρηστο μήνυμα μαζικά μέσω διαδικτύουGreek
  • inundarSpanish
  • spämmima, rämpsposti saatmaEstonian
  • فرستادن تعداد زيادي از پيام هاي بي محتوا در اينترنتFarsi
  • envoyer plusiers copies d'un même message sur InternetFrench
  • דוֹאָר זֶבֶלHebrew
  • इंटरनेट पर किसी संदेश की ढेर सारी प्रति भेजनाHindi
  • slati (dobiti) neželjenu elektroničku poštuCroatian
  • reklámpostával elárasztHungarian
  • mengirimkan pesan di InternetIndonesian
  • (inviare molte copie di uno stesso messaggio su Internet)Italian
  • インターネットで同一のメッセ���ジを多くのアドレスに送りつけるJapanese
  • 스팸 메일을 보내다Korean
  • išsiuntinėti informaciją (internetu)Lithuanian
  • izsūtīt nevērtīgas ziņas (uz daudzām e-pasta adresēm)Latvian
  • menghantar email remehMalay
  • spam, ongewenste postDutch
  • masseutsende søppel-e-post, spammeNorwegian
  • spam, niechciana poczta elektronicznaPolish
  • فرستادن تعداد زيادي از پيام هاي بي محتوا در اينترنتPersian
  • سپم په انترنت كښېPashto
  • заваливать ненужными сообщениямиRussian
  • posielať rozmnožené oznamy InternetomSlovak
  • razposlatiSlovenian
  • slati mnoge kopije porukaSerbian
  • e-postbombaSwedish
  • ส่งขยะไปรษณีย์อิเล็กทรอนิกส์Thai
  • boş konulu e-posta göndermekTurkish
  • 垃圾郵件 (在使用者網路或新聞群組中, 一大堆未經篩選的廣告或對收件者來說根本無用的郵件)Chinese (Trad.)
  • надсилати “спам”Ukrainian
  • کسی پیغام کو بغیر اجازت بہت سے لوگوں کو ای-میل کرناUrdu
  • gửi nhiều bản sao của một thông điệpVietnamese
  • 垃圾邮件,垃圾信息Chinese (Simp.)

Get even more translations for SPAM »


Find a translation for the SPAM definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these SPAM definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"SPAM." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for SPAM?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for SPAM: