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gamey

[gey-mee] /ˈgeɪ mi/
adjective, gamier, gamiest.
1.
gamy.

gamy

or gamey

[gey-mee] /ˈgeɪ mi/
adjective, gamier, gamiest.
1.
having the tangy flavor or odor of game:
I like the gamy taste of venison.
2.
having the flavor or odor of game or other meat kept uncooked until slightly tainted:
The roast was still edible but was slightly gamy.
3.
plucky; spirited.
4.
lewd or suggestive; risqué.
5.
gross or squalid; unwholesome.
Origin of gamy
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; game1 + -y1
Related forms
gamily, adverb
ungamy, adjective
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  • He liked to tease Cricket, because, as he said, she was so "gamey."

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • They are nearly as gamey and quite as good eating as the muskallonge.

    Days in the Open Lathan A. Crandall
  • He was smart and gamey, but his spirit had nearly been broken by his tyrannical master.

    The Dogs of Boytown Walter A. Dyer
  • The cuisine was excellent, and the gamey meat had a relish all its own.

    Our Little Polish Cousin Florence E. Mendel
  • But there was more strength than he supposed in the tiring yet gamey sea-fighter.

  • Don't be letting on to be shy, a fine, gamey, treacherous lad the like of you.

  • To remove the "gamey" taste from the wild duck, either wash it in vinegar before cooking or scald it in boiling water.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • Plentifully victualed, one could stand a siege here, and perhaps did in the gamey Middle Ages.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for gamey

gamey

/ˈɡeɪmɪ/
adjective gamier, gamiest
1.
having the smell or flavour of game, esp high game
2.
(informal) spirited; plucky; brave
Derived Forms
gamily, adverb
gaminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for gamey
adj.

also gamy, 1844, "spirited, plucky," from game (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "tasting or smelling strongly" is from 1863.

gamy

adj.

see gamey.

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

gamy

adjective

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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