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[gey-mee] /ˈgeɪ mi/
adjective, gamier, gamiest.
gamy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gamey
  • It's fine to talk in theory, but freezing does work to keep the jeans from smelling gamey.
  • The elk is particularly delicious lean and not gamey.
  • The meat was dark as liver, and earthy too, but not greasy or gamey.
  • The meat is light red and slightly dry with a mild gamey flavor.
  • Never thaw venison in a microwave oven because it may cause a gamey flavor.
  • The meat is lean and has a gamey flavor that can be made milder if soaked overnight.
  • They are gamey enough, but poor eating compared to the other varieties.
British Dictionary definitions for gamey


adjective gamier, gamiest
having the smell or flavour of game, esp high game
(informal) spirited; plucky; brave
Derived Forms
gamily, adverb
gaminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for gamey

also gamy, 1844, "spirited, plucky," from game (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "tasting or smelling strongly" is from 1863.

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