Meaning of “sham” in the English Dictionary

"sham" in British English

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shamnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ʃæm/ us /ʃæm/ disapproving

shamverb [ I or T ]

uk /ʃæm/ us /ʃæm/ -mm- disapproving

to pretend:

He isn't really upset - he's just shamming.

shamadjective

uk /ʃæm/ us /ʃæm/ disapproving

(Definition of “sham” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sham" in American English

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someone or something that is falsely represented, esp. as being important or powerful:

I thought the meeting was a total sham and a waste of time.

shamadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ʃæm/

pretended; not real:

a sham battle

(Definition of “sham” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)