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English Online Dictionary. What means hammer‎? What does hammer mean?

From Middle English hamer, from Old English hamor, from Proto-West Germanic *hamar, from Proto-Germanic *hamaraz (tool with a stone head) (compare West Frisian hammer, Low German Hamer, Dutch hamer, German Hammer, Danish hammer, Swedish hammare). This is traditionally ascribed to Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱmoros, from *h₂éḱmō (stone), but see *hamaraz for further discussion.

(declare a defaulter on the stock exchange): Originally signalled by knocking with a wooden mallet.

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhæm.ə(ɹ)/
  • Rhymes: -æmə(ɹ)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhæm.ɚ/

hammer (plural hammers)

  1. A tool with a heavy head and a handle used for pounding.
  2. The act of using a hammer to hit something.
  3. (anatomy) The malleus, a small bone of the middle ear.
  4. (music) In a piano or dulcimer, a piece of wood covered in felt that strikes the string.
  5. (sports) A device made of a heavy steel ball attached to a length of wire, and used for throwing.
  6. (curling) The last stone in an end.
  7. (frisbee) A frisbee throwing style in which the disc is held upside-down with a forehand grip and thrown above the head.
  8. Part of a clock that strikes upon a bell to indicate the hour.
  9. One who, or that which, smites or shatters.
  10. (journalism) Ellipsis of hammer headline.
  11. (motor racing) The accelerator pedal.
  12. (firearms) A moving part of a firearm that strikes the firing pin to discharge a gun.
  13. (African-American Vernacular, slang, loosely) A handgun.
  • mallet

hammer (third-person singular simple present hammers, present participle hammering, simple past and past participle hammered)

  1. To strike repeatedly with a hammer, some other implement, the fist, etc.
  2. To form or forge with a hammer; to shape by beating.
  3. (figuratively) To emphasize a point repeatedly.
  4. (sports, etc.) To hit particularly hard.
  5. (cycling, intransitive, slang) To ride very fast.
  6. (intransitive) To strike internally, as if hit by a hammer.
  7. (transitive, slang, figuratively, sports) To defeat (a person, a team) resoundingly.
  8. (transitive, slang, computing) To make high demands on (a system or service).
  9. (transitive, finance) To declare (a person) a defaulter on the stock exchange.
  10. (transitive, finance) To beat down the price of (a stock), or depress (a market).
  11. (sex, transitive, colloquial) To have hard sex with.
    Synonym: pound
  • Jonathon Green (2024) “hammer n.1”, in Green’s Dictionary of Slang

From Old Norse hamarr, from Proto-Germanic *hamaraz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱmoros, from *h₂éḱmō (stone).

  • IPA(key): /hamər/, [ˈhɑmɐ]

hammer c (singular definite hammeren, plural indefinite hammere or hamre)

  1. hammer
  • IPA(key): /ˈhamɐ/
  • Homophone: Hammer


  1. (colloquial, regional) Contraction of haben wir.

This contraction is common throughout central Germany, southern Germany, and Austria. It is only occasionally heard in northern Germany.

  • simmer


  1. Alternative form of hamer

From Old Norse hamarr, from Proto-Germanic *hamaraz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱmoros, from *h₂éḱmō (stone).

  • hammar

hammer m (definite singular hammeren, indefinite plural hammere or hamrer, definite plural hammerne or hamrene)

  1. a hammer (tool)
  • hamre (verb)

hammer m

  1. indefinite plural of ham
  • “hammer” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Unadapted borrowing from English hammer.

hammer m (plural hammers)

  1. (ultimate frisbee) hammer

From Old Frisian hamar, from Proto-Germanic *hamaraz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱmoros, from *h₂éḱmō (stone).

hammer c (plural hammers, diminutive hammerke)

  1. hammer
  • “hammer”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011

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