gam

gam

1 [gam]
noun Slang.
a person's leg, especially an attractive female leg.

Origin:
1775–85; probably < Polari < Italian gamba leg; see jamb1

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gam

2 [gam]
noun
1.
a herd or school of whales.
2.
Eastern New England, Nautical. a social meeting, visit, or the like, as between whaling vessels at sea.
verb (used without object), gammed, gamming.
3.
(of whales) to assemble into a herd or school.
4.
Nautical. (of the officers and crews of two whaling vessels) to visit or converse with one another for social purposes.
5.
Eastern New England. to participate in a gam or social visit.

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism; perhaps dialectal variant of game1

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gam1 (ɡæm)
 
n
1.  a school of whales
2.  nautical an informal visit between crew members of whalers
3.  (NZ) a flock of large sea birds
 
vb , gams, gamming, gammed
4.  (intr) (of whales) to form a school
5.  nautical (of members of the crews of whalers) to visit (each other) informally
6.  (US) (tr) to visit or exchange visits with
 
[C19: perhaps dialect variant of game1]

gam2 (ɡæm)
 
n
slang a leg, esp a woman's shapely leg
 
[C18: probably from Old Northern French gambe or Lingua Franca gambe; see jamb]

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gam
"a leg," see gams.
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GAM
gay Asian male
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