From Middle English, from Old French gambon (compare modern French jambon ("ham")), from gambe, from Late Latin *gamba, from Ancient Greek κάμπη, from Proto-Indo-European *kamp- ("to bend; crooked"). jamon.
Probably a special use of Middle English gamen ("game").
Perhaps related to the first etymology, with reference to tying up a ham.
Perhaps a special use of the word from etymology 2.
Gained popularity in 2017 (in the phrase "Great Wall of Gammon", likening the referents' rosy complexions to gammon), although the metaphor was in use earlier: the BBC points to a 2016 use of "gammon face". Not related to the "gammon tendency" in Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby, where the word means "nonsense".
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