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


or gamey

[gey-mee] /ˈgeɪ mi/
adjective, gamier, gamiest.
having the tangy flavor or odor of game:
I like the gamy taste of venison.
having the flavor or odor of game or other meat kept uncooked until slightly tainted:
The roast was still edible but was slightly gamy.
plucky; spirited.
lewd or suggestive; risqué.
gross or squalid; unwholesome.
Origin of gamy
First recorded in 1835-45; game1 + -y1
Related forms
gamily, adverb
ungamy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gamey
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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


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

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



see gamey.

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



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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