adjective, gam·er, gam·est.
verb (used without object), gamed, gam·ing.
verb (used with object), gamed, gam·ing.
- gambrel roof,
- game bird,
- game birds,
- game chips,
- game face,
- game fish
- to die after a brave struggle.
- to remain steadfast or in good spirits at the moment of defeat: He knew that as a candidate he didn't have a chance in the world, but he campaigned anyway and died game.
- Sports. playing very badly (or very well).
- not functioning (or functioning) at one’s usual level: She’s been off her game since she came back from vacation.
- to act or play in accordance with the rules.
- to act honorably or justly: We naively assumed that our allies would continue to play the game.
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Examples from the Web for game
This is going to be the Game of Thrones of U.S. Senate races.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Think of it as Game of Thrones—if you subtract the sex and violence and add drunken revelry and singing.
And that gets to the heart of what makes the game so incredible: By staying silent, it turns the player into the game master.
The game never congratulates me for my work, or even acknowledges it at all.
The loss of this “expectation” game began his decline and ultimate withdrawal from the race.
A minute or two after the game was over Mr. Westinghouse, the chaplain, came into the drawing-room.The Socialist|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
You made some capital shots, though, and if I hadn't been so lucky, you would have come out the victor in every game.Making His Way|Horatio Alger, Jr.
It was a game paradise, and the snow-shoe rabbit abounded in thousands.Kazan|James Oliver Curwood
They had reached the village before Ned had began to speak of anything more important than the weather or the game.At His Gates, Vol. 3(of 3)|Margaret Oliphant
Hounds like Bluey and Brutus run by sight alone; they have no nose, and the moment they cannot see their game they are lost.The Ranche on the Oxhide|Henry Inman
- wild animals, including birds and fish, hunted for sport, food, or profit
- (as modifier)game laws
Word Origin for game
Word Origin for game
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."
In addition to the idioms beginning with game
- game is not worth the candle, the
- game is up, the
- game that two can play, that's a
- ahead of the game
- at this stage (of the game)
- badger game
- beat someone at his or her own game
- call someone's bluff (game)
- confidence game
- end game
- fair game
- fun and games
give away (the game)losing battle (game)name of the gameonly game in townplay a waiting gameplay gamesplay the gamewaiting gamewhole new ball game.