What does sham mean?

Definitions for sham
ʃæmsham

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sham.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fake, sham, postichenoun

    something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be

  2. imposter, impostor, pretender, fake, faker, fraud, sham, shammer, pseudo, pseud, role playeradjective

    a person who makes deceitful pretenses

  3. assumed, false, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on, shamverb

    adopted in order to deceive

    "an assumed name"; "an assumed cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham modesty"

  4. simulate, assume, sham, feignverb

    make a pretence of

    "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"

  5. feign, sham, pretend, affect, dissembleverb

    make believe with the intent to deceive

    "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"

Wiktionary

  1. shamnoun

    A fake; an imitation that purports to be genuine.

    The time-share deal was a sham.

    Etymology: Probably a dialectal form of shame.

  2. shamnoun

    Trickery, hoaxing.

    A con-man must be skilled in the arts of sham and deceit.

    Etymology: Probably a dialectal form of shame.

  3. shamnoun

    A decorative cover for a pillow.

    Etymology: Probably a dialectal form of shame.

  4. shamverb

    To deceive, cheat, lie.

    You were shammed by the pool shark.

    Etymology: Probably a dialectal form of shame.

  5. shamadjective

    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.

    Etymology: Probably a dialectal form of shame.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shamnoun

    that which deceives expectation; any trick, fraud, or device that deludes and disappoint; a make-believe; delusion; imposture, humbug

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shame, hence, a disgrace, a trick. See Shame, n.]

  2. Shamnoun

    a false front, or removable ornamental covering

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shame, hence, a disgrace, a trick. See Shame, n.]

  3. Shamadjective

    false; counterfeit; pretended; feigned; unreal; as, a sham fight

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shame, hence, a disgrace, a trick. See Shame, n.]

  4. Shamverb

    to trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false pretenses

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shame, hence, a disgrace, a trick. See Shame, n.]

  5. Shamverb

    to obtrude by fraud or imposition

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shame, hence, a disgrace, a trick. See Shame, n.]

  6. Shamverb

    to assume the manner and character of; to imitate; to ape; to feign

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shame, hence, a disgrace, a trick. See Shame, n.]

  7. Shamverb

    to make false pretenses; to deceive; to feign; to impose

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shame, hence, a disgrace, a trick. See Shame, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sham

    sham, n. a pretence: that which deceives expectation: imposture.—adj. pretended: false.—v.t. to pretend: to feign: to impose upon.—v.i. to make false pretences:—pr.p. sham′ming; pa.t. and pa.p. shammed.—ns. Sham′-fight, a fight in imitation of a real one; Sham′mer, one who shams.—Sham Abraham (see Abraham-man). [Shame.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sham

    False; counterfeit; pretended; as, a sham fight.

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Anagrams for sham »

  1. mash, MASH

  2. AMHS

  3. HMAS

  4. hams

  5. MASH

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sham in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sham in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of sham in a Sentence

  1. Michael McCaul:

    Were I in Iraq or in Sham [Syria], I would cooperate with them in fighting the Crusaders.

  2. Tom Waits:

    Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends.

  3. Rand Paul:

    I am all in favor of the President calling Joe Biden, Hunter Biden and the whistleblower, and if( White House Intelligence Chairman) Adam Schiff thinks Adam Schiff can veto defense witnesses, then it is a complete sham and a farce and I would advise Republicans to not participate in anything that doesn't allow defense witnesses.

  4. Joseph Pulitzer:

    An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself.

  5. Stephanie Grisham:

    Today, the sham impeachment attempt concocted by Democrats ended in the full vindication and exoneration of President Donald J. Trump.

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Translations for sham

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  • زائفArabic
  • Imitat, Fälschung, Schwindel, Betrug, verstellen, MogeleiGerman
  • απάτηGreek
  • fingir, fingido, falsoSpanish
  • väärennös, petos, huiputus, jäljennös, huijausFinnish
  • ruse, feinte, astuce, faux-semblant, mentir, tromperie, tricher, tromperFrench
  • दिखावाHindi
  • álHungarian
  • falso, fasulloItalian
  • 真似事, ごまかし, まがいものJapanese
  • bedrog, nep, imitatie, kwakzalverij, oplichterijDutch
  • udawanyPolish
  • păcăleală, păcăliRomanian
  • мошенничество, жульничество, подделкаRussian
  • เสแสร้งThai

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