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[geym-suh m] /ˈgeɪm səm/
playful; frolicsome.
Origin of gamesome
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at game1, -some1
Related forms
gamesomely, adverb
gamesomeness, noun Unabridged
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  • Your lordship, with your flock of geese about you, would probably be frolic and gamesome.

    Four Early Pamphlets William Godwin
  • The boarding-houses were corralling the easy dollars of the gamesome lawmakers.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • But that active and gamesome maid was most entirely on the alert.

    The Black Douglas S. R. Crockett
  • The fish are here, as lively and gamesome as brook trout, plump, golden-sided fellows ten or twelve inches long.

  • She is gamesome and good, But of mutable mood,— No dreary repeater now and again, She will be all things to all men.

    May-Day Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Four were handsome skittish lasses, gamesome like children, and like children liable to fits of pouting.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • And all this was owing to the chimney, which my gamesome spouse seemed despitefully to regard as the bully of the house.

    I and My Chimney Herman Melville
  • At best, these were doubtful levities, rather too thievish for a schoolboy, rather too gamesome for a thief.

    Familiar Studies of Men and Books Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Come, thou lookest a gamesome fellow--cross he goes, pile he stays; best two in three flips--what sayst?

    Master Skylark John Bennett
  • Pinkethman's inclination for "gamesome liberties" and "uncommon pleasantries" was of a most extravagant kind.

    A Book of the Play Dutton Cook
British Dictionary definitions for gamesome


full of merriment; sportive
Derived Forms
gamesomely, adverb
gamesomeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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