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[gey-mee] /ˈgeɪ mi/
adjective, gamier, gamiest.
having the tangy flavor or odor of game:
I like the gamy taste of venison.
having the flavor or odor of game or other meat kept uncooked until slightly tainted:
The roast was still edible but was slightly gamy.
plucky; spirited.
lewd or suggestive; risqué.
gross or squalid; unwholesome.
Origin of gamy
1835-45; game1 + -y1
Related forms
gamily, adverb
ungamy, adjective


a combining form with the meanings “marriage,” “union,” “fertilization, pollination,” of the kind specified by the initial element: exogamy; plastogamy; allogamy; also forming nouns corresponding to adjectives ending in -gamous:
combining form representing Greek -gamía act of marrying Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gamy
  • Our night traveler had been stewed in a clay pot with star anise gravy, which overcame the bird's slightly gamy taste.
  • For plays that attract a church audience, they're on the gamy side.
  • People who eat muskrat say its flesh has a moderate gamy flavor that is in no way unpleasant.
  • Parties are daily made up at the hotels to go out after the gamy blues, and few return empty handed.
British Dictionary definitions for gamy


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


combining form
denoting marriage or sexual union: bigamy
Word Origin
from Greek -gamia, from gamos marriage
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Word Origin and History for gamy

see gamey.


word-forming element meaning "marriage; fertilization," from Greek -gamia, from gamos "marriage" (see gamete).

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gamy in Medicine

-gamy suff.

  1. Marriage; mate: monogamy.

  2. Procreative or propagative union: heterogamy.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gamy



Daring; racy; slightly risque´: shown in its gamy uncut version

[1843+; based on the taste and odor of game that has slightly decayed]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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