- Rhymes: -eɪm
From Middle English hame, home, from Old English hama, homa ( “a cover, skin” ), from Proto-Germanic *hamô ( “clothes, skirt” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱam- ( “cover, clothes” ). Cognate with Danish ham ( “skin, bladder, figure” ), Danish hams ( “shell, sleeve” ). More at heaven .
From Middle English, from Middle Dutch hame ( “horse collar, harness, fishnet” ), from Old Dutch *hamo, from Proto-Germanic *hamô ( “fishnet, collar for a horse” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱam- ( “part of a harness” ). Cognate with Middle Low German ham, hame ( “collar, fishnet” ), Old High German hamo ( “sack-like fishnet” ) ( Modern German dialectal Hame, Hamen ( “hand fishnet” ), Ham ( “horse collar” ) ) .
From earlier haum, haume .
Definition of hame by GCIDE Dictionary
- Hame ( hām ), n. Home. [Scot. & O. Eng.]
- Hame, n. [Scot. haims, hammys, hems, OE. ham; cf. D. haam.] One of the two curved pieces of wood or metal, in the harness of a draught horse, to which the traces are fastened. They are fitted upon the collar, or have pads fitting the horse's neck attached to them.