Nearby words

  1. gambol,
  2. gambrel,
  3. gambrel roof,
  4. gambrinus,
  5. gambusia,
  6. game bird,
  7. game birds,
  8. game chips,
  9. game face,
  10. game fish


Origin of game

before 1000; Middle English gamen, Old English gaman; cognate with Old High German gaman glee

Related formsgame·less, adjectivegame·like, adjectivegame·ness, nounun·game·like, adjective


[ geym ]
/ geɪm /


lame: a game leg.

Origin of game

1780–90; perhaps shortening of gammy, though change in vowel unclear Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for game

British Dictionary definitions for game


/ (ɡeɪm) /




(intr) to play games of chance for money, stakes, etc; gamble
Derived Formsgamelike, adjective

Word Origin for game

Old English gamen; related to Old Norse gaman, Old High German gaman amusement


a less common word for lame 1 game leg

Word Origin for game

C18: probably from Irish cam crooked

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Word Origin and History for game
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with game


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

also see:

  • 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.

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