how to pronounce ham


audio example by a male speaker

audio example by a female speaker

the above transcription of ham is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

ham is pronounced in one syllable

press buttons with phonetic symbols to learn how to precisely pronounce each sound of ham

example pitch curve for pronunciation of ham


test your pronunciation of ham

press the "test" button to check how closely you can replicate the pitch of a native speaker in your pronunciation of ham

video examples of ham pronunciation

An example use of ham in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… but he's doing it in such a ham-handed …”

meanings of ham


  1. Meat from the thigh of a hog cured for food.
  2. A thigh and buttock of an animal slaughtered for meat.
  3. Electronic mail that is wanted; mail that is not spam or junk mail.
  4. The back of the thigh.
  5. The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock.
  6. Obsolete form of home.
  7. An overacting or amateurish performer; an actor with an especially showy or exaggerated style.
  8. An amateur radio operator.
  9. Initialism of his apostolic majesty, the title given to a number of historical kings of Hungary.


  1. A hamlet in Kent, England.
  2. Two districts (East Ham and West Ham) in Newham borough, Greater London, England.
  3. A son of Noah and the brother of Japheth and Shem.
  4. A surname​.
  5. A suburban district of Richmond upon Thames borough and Kingston upon Thames borough, Greater London, England.
  6. A village in Wiltshire, England.
  7. A village in Caithness, Highland council area, Scotland (OS grid ref ND2373).
  8. Initialism of Hold-And-Modify, a display mode of the Commodore Amiga computer, allowing for a large number of colours on screen.


  1. To overact; to act with exaggerated emotions.

ham frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word ham occurs in english on average 13.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics ham can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that ham can be often used in the following areas:

1) leisure and entertainment;

words with pronunciation similar to ham


Did this page help you?