The hands were kept from their work, attracted by the gameness of the cocks.
But 167 he had that gameness which goes with supreme confidence in the thing dealt with.
For gameness, as she well knew, was the ultimate virtue to the athlete mind.
He was not used to dealing with men of any age so utterly lacking in gameness.
Those who have seen this tree on its native hills have admired the gameness of its battle for existence against the elements.
We were both excited and thrilled with the gameness of this fish.
What he lacked in size he made up in grit and the men secretly respected his gameness.
The only unknown quantity was the spirit or gameness of us two.
Afflicted by nothing but a somewhat mercenary or personal grief, she showed her lack of gameness in adversity.
"Their chief quality is gameness," said Cartoner, thoughtfully.
Old English gamen "game, joy, fun, amusement," common Germanic (cf. Old Frisian game "joy, glee," Old Norse gaman, Old Saxon, Old High German gaman "sport, merriment," Danish gamen, Swedish gamman "merriment"), regarded as identical with Gothic gaman "participation, communion," from Proto-Germanic *ga- collective prefix + *mann "person," giving a sense of "people together."
Meaning "contest played according to rules" is first attested c.1300. Sense of "wild animals caught for sport" is late 13c.; hence fair game (1825), also gamey. Game plan is 1941, from U.S. football; game show first attested 1961.
"lame," 1787, from north Midlands dialect, of unknown origin, perhaps a variant of gammy (tramps' slang) "bad," or from Old North French gambe "leg" (see gambol (n.)).
"brave, spirited," 1725, especially in game-cock "bird for fighting," from game (n.). Middle English had gamesome (adj.) "joyful, playful, sportive."