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.
Also, gamey.

1835–45; game1 + -y1

gamily, adverb
ungamy, adjective Unabridged


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:, heterogamy.

combining form representing Greek -gamía act of marrying Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
gamey or gamy (ˈɡeɪmɪ)
adj , gamier, gamiest
1.  having the smell or flavour of game, esp high game
2.  informal spirited; plucky; brave
gamy or gamy
'gamily or gamy
'gaminess or gamy

n combining form
denoting marriage or sexual union: bigamy
[from Greek -gamia, from gamos marriage]

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-gamy suff.

  1. marriage; mate: monogamy.

  2. Procreative or propagative union: heterogamy.

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Example sentences
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.
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