What does spam mean?

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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


  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.

Suggested Resources

  1. SPAM

    What does SPAM stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the SPAM acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Anagrams for spam »

  1. amps , AMPS, maps, samp

  2. samp

  3. amps , AMPS

  4. maps

How to pronounce spam?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say spam in sign language?

  1. spam


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spam in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of spam in a Sentence

  1. Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan:

    I thought it was spam. I almost deleted it.

  2. Dan Guido:

    Just by receiving a spam email, it doesn't mean you are infected.

  3. Dan Guido:

    Just by receiving a spam email, it doesn’t mean you are infected.

  4. Kevin Myers:

    The facility here in Austin, Minn., became a war facility and made Spam for the troops.

  5. C.J. Harbison:

    I am like SPAM Some people like me, some people hate me, but nobody knows what I'm made of.

Images & Illustrations of spam

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