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gamy

[gey-mee] /ˈgeɪ mi/
adjective, gamier, gamiest.
1.
having the tangy flavor or odor of game:
I like the gamy taste of venison.
2.
having the flavor or odor of game or other meat kept uncooked until slightly tainted:
The roast was still edible but was slightly gamy.
3.
plucky; spirited.
4.
lewd or suggestive; risqué.
5.
gross or squalid; unwholesome.
Also, gamey.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; game1 + -y1
Related forms
gamily, adverb
ungamy, adjective

-gamy

1.
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.
Origin
combining form representing Greek -gamía act of marrying
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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

gamey

/ˈɡeɪmɪ/
adjective gamier, gamiest
1.
having the smell or flavour of game, esp high game
2.
(informal) spirited; plucky; brave
Derived Forms
gamily, adverb
gaminess, noun

-gamy

combining form
1.
denoting marriage or sexual union: bigamy
Word Origin
from Greek -gamia, from gamos marriage
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Word Origin and History for gamy
adj.

see gamey.

-gamy

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

gamy

adjective

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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