adjective, gam·er, gam·est.
verb (used without object), gamed, gam·ing.
verb (used with object), gamed, gam·ing.
- 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.
Origin of game1
Synonyms for game
Related Words for gamedplay, put, game, set, take, speculate, gamble, wager, bet, stake, hazard, risk, maneuver, jockey, finesse, chance, exploit, manipulate, jeopardize, back
Examples from the Web for gamed
Contemporary Examples of gamed
It establishes a system of laws to be followed, not a system of rules to be gamed.Justice Ginsburg Shouldn’t Quit Just Yet
December 1, 2014
A shadow of doubt could tempt Israel to launch a war against Iran—it has gamed out that possibility many times.Obama’s Weasel Words on Syria
September 10, 2013
Low turnout, closed partisan primaries can be gamed by special interests—parties are not the purpose of our democracy.A System That Rewards the Extremes
September 15, 2010
He knew the system, gamed the system—and he's still gaming it!The Bag Lady Papers, Part V
February 5, 2009
Warren might have gamed the media somewhat, but he has never lied to reporters about his core beliefs.Rick Warren's Double Life
November 14, 2008
Historical Examples of gamed
I have gamed away the whole of my substance, and I am a broken man.The Romance Of Giovanni Calvotti
David Christie Murray
And instead of teaching him, he has gamed with the lad at the rectory.Richard Carvel, Complete
Even the great Duguesclin gamed away all his property in prison.
A small farmer has just gamed away his harvest, valued at 3000 francs.'
He began his book, but still he gamed; he finished it, but the evil was still in him. '
- 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.