Most commonly found in Ireland, but developing a popular growth amongst the U.K, the term places immediate reference to the dichotomy found in youth culture - between the shams and the moshers.

Whilst moshers listen to metal music and wear band shirts, keep to themselves and often have long hair, shams like hip hop and rap, wear white sports brand or designer clothes and like to cause trouble.

Shams believe they are adonises and carry themselves with an instantly recognisable gait, likened to that of a pidgeon, in which the shoulders move prominently with each step.

Shams (esp. in Galway and Cork) have a very strong and unique accent, and even a dialect.
Utilising words such as "mace" for "steal" and "beur" for girl they speak with a very nasal and somewhat whiny tone.

Many shams believe they are gangster and indeed some, albeit very few, are. Most try to pass it off in a haze of puffy coats, spoken threats and supposedly impressive references to "fiddy" who was "shat niine tyymz".

Shams take personal pride in being a sham, despite everyone else viewing them with contempt and disregard for their borish and antisocial behavior, and they flaunt their unfortunate vernacular and walk as one would an expensive watch.

They usually dont travel alone but move in groups of 2 or 3 or more, praying on people who are alone to antagonise and bully them. To teens without experience this can indeed be threatening and scary, but once past a certain age they realise what a load of shit shams really are, and once stood up to, the shams will back away.

Shams should be viewed with caution and never approached, but should not be feared.
Sham: ayyyy boss i saw you givin mee the aul queer eye. you wanna baytin?

Mosher: uh no.

Sham: aay you givin mee cheeek eyy? ill fuckin braayk yar faayce

Mosher: get the fuck away from me or ill fucking ram your pussy necklace down your throat

Sham: ooohh haard boy aaay??? ill get mee cuzzin on youu ya moshery scum
*leaves and doesnt return*
by Otto Wicks-Green April 01, 2007
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Irish slag
A resident of Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland.
Also, a word frequently used by residents of above town, usually meaning the same as American term "dude".
John's the biggest sham you'll ever see.

Sham! Long time no see.
by Shambert April 05, 2008
Originally used in the U.S. Army to describe the act of pretending to work in order to avoid actually working.
"Specialist Little is the Sham Master. He can take 3 hours to wipe his ass and look busy the whole time."
by W. A. Rice October 29, 2004
Irish slang (mostly used in the southern County of Cork, famous for its plethora of slang terms)

a "sham" is primarily the term used to describe a young male knacker, specifically the ones who walk around with a chip on thier shoulder, thinking they own everything in sight, and that they are the greatest thing on god's green earth

it can also be used to show genuine praise, much to the same affect as "the shit".
Dave - " Check out the sham across the road "
Kevin - " what a twat ! "
"my new shoes are the sham"
billy - " like my new top ? "
joe - " you look like a right sham... "
by Emperor Bubba April 05, 2005
Means The Sun in Arabic and Persian, also in some other languages derived from the two eg. Urdu.
Shams is looking real bright today.
by Lelouch1 December 24, 2014
noun. a person that is ridiculously good at everything s/he tries, god-like badass, basically.

verb. the act of being divinely badass
n. ex: Whoa! He could be the next Shams

v. ex: Look at him Shams it up! what a badass.

badass God sexy abs 8 pack
by dudeimanonymous February 01, 2010
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