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or gamey

[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
Historical Examples
  • In those little lonely lakes you get the finest black and white bass, beauties and so gamy.

    The Man From Glengarry Ralph Connor
  • He is not gamy,—fighting's not his forte, A Haycock fight is just no sort of sport.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • He had a merry battle with the gamy fish but finally landed him and, hurrying back, he sneaked into camp without being seen.

    Bob Hunt in Canada George W. Orton
  • When the bait begins to give off a gamy scent, the mothers come.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • As the ducks and other gamy birds were numerous, they had some good shooting from their canoes as they paddled along.

    Three Boys in the Wild North Land Egerton Ryerson Young
  • The trout were big, gamy fellows and Eddie was alert, obedient and respectful.

    The Tent Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Unlike Williams, he thought it perfectly feasible, and rather a neat, gamy thing for a youngster to do.

    Woodcraft and Camping George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
  • They are caught trolling and make a gamy fight on rod and reel.

  • Such a gamy highwayman as Job presented evidence of being deserves to be treated!

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • Did you notice how gamy he was, little brother; how he played?

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
British Dictionary definitions for gamy


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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gamy in Medicine

-gamy suff.

  1. Marriage; mate: monogamy.

  2. Procreative or propagative union: heterogamy.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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