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gam1

[gam] /gæm/
noun, Slang.
1.
a person's leg, especially an attractive female leg.
Origin of gam1
1775-1785
1775-85; probably < Polari < Italian gamba leg; see jamb1

gam2

[gam] /gæm/
noun
1.
a herd or school of whales.
2.
Eastern New England, Nautical. a social meeting, visit, or the like, as between whaling vessels at sea.
verb (used without object), gammed, gamming.
3.
(of whales) to assemble into a herd or school.
4.
Nautical. (of the officers and crews of two whaling vessels) to visit or converse with one another for social purposes.
5.
Eastern New England. to participate in a gam or social visit.
Origin
1840-50, Americanism; perhaps dialectal variant of game1
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Examples from the Web for gam
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  • There was but one blot upon his character—he hated Mrs. gam.

    The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray
  • There is also another difference—there are no ladies at a gam.

    Fighting the Whales R.M. Ballantyne
  • A “gam,” good reader, may be described as a “small tea-party” on the sea.

    Philosopher Jack R.M. Ballantyne
  • Judge Chester, the magistrate, was at the head of the gam, and so it was bound to succeed.

  • Amal′gam, a name applied to the alloys of mercury with the other metals.

  • The sacrifices that Mrs. gam had made for that daughter were, she said, astonishing.

    Men's Wives William Makepeace Thackeray
  • To gam,” among the sealing-schooners, is a substitute for the verbs “to visit,” “to gossip.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • This man, whose surname gam signifies p. 440crooked, was a petty chieftain of Breconshire.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • During the interval, they sighted three other whaling craft, and stopped to gam with them.

    The Sea Bride Ben Ames Williams
  • gambia (gam'bi-a), an English colony in western Africa along the river gambia.

British Dictionary definitions for gam

gam1

/ɡæm/
noun
1.
a school of whales
2.
(nautical) an informal visit between crew members of whalers
3.
(NZ) a flock of large sea birds
verb gams, gamming, gammed
4.
(intransitive) (of whales) to form a school
5.
(nautical) (of members of the crews of whalers) to visit (each other) informally
6.
(transitive) (US) to visit or exchange visits with
Word Origin
C19: perhaps dialect variant of game1

gam2

/ɡæm/
noun
1.
(slang) a leg, esp a woman's shapely leg
Word Origin
C18: probably from Old Northern French gambe or Lingua Franca gambe; see jamb
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Word Origin and History for gam
n.

"a leg," 1781, see gams.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gam

gam 1

noun

A social visit; party (1893+)

verb

  1. To boast; show off (1950s+ Black)
  2. To flirt (1950s+ Black)
  3. To gossip; visit (1893+)

[origin unknown; perhaps fr nautical use, ''a meeting of whaling ships at sea, with attendant talk and exchange of news'' found by 1850; perhaps fr 18th-century gammon, ''talk, chatter''; probably ultimately fr Middle English gamon, ''to play, frolic'']

gam 2

noun

A leg, esp a woman's leg •Most often in the plural: regarding her superb gams with affection/ Gavilan has spindly gams, a thin neck, and a wasp waist

[1781+; perhaps fr Northern French gambe, ''leg'']

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