Wise added, “He is the gamest man I ever saw,” a sentiment everybody seemed to share.
And Whiskey was the gamest of the game, yet he never showed his teeth to his feline friend.
Inch for inch, and pound for pound, he is the gamest fish that swims.
Ruth, you're the gamest sport and the best pal in the world.
We're all going to hell out here, and the gamest will get there soonest.
F'r all ye're small soize, ye're th' gamest wan av th' three av us.
The golden trout of Volcano Creek is the handsomest and gamest.
That afternoon I saw one of the gamest fights I ever expect to witness.
Shes the best girl in the world, and the gamest little sport.
For its size it is one of the gamest fishes of the seacoast.
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."