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ham actor


Definitions from WordNet

Noun ham actor has 1 sense
  1. ham, ham actor - an unskilled actor who overacts
    --1 is a kind of actor, histrion, player, thespian, role player

Definitions from the Web

Ham Actor


A ham actor, commonly known as a "ham," is a performer who tends to overact or exaggerate their emotions while on stage or in front of a camera. They often demonstrate theatrical mannerisms and use excessive gestures, projecting an artificial and melodramatic style of acting.



  1. A performer who overacts and exaggerates emotions.
  2. An amateur actor who lacks skill and subtlety.


Popular Usage:

In popular culture, a ham actor is often portrayed as someone who hogs the spotlight and frequently steals scenes from other actors.

Local Usage:

In local theater, the director cast a ham actor for the comedic role due to their knack for physical humor and exaggerated facial expressions.

Sample Sentences:


  • The local theater group's production suffered from the presence of a ham actor who overshadowed the rest of the cast.
  • His over-the-top portrayal of the villain in the play revealed him to be a true ham actor.

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