the quality of having a fighting spirit; courage or resolution; pluck: The horse revealed his true gameness, coming up from behind after that early stumble.
the required enthusiasm or will to do something: In a show of gameness, they tackled the icy path with shovels and picks.
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How to use gameness in a sentence
What he lacked in size he made up in grit and the men secretly respected his gameness.The Marvelous Exploits of Paul Bunyan | W. B. Laughead
Sam saw me catch this bonefish, and he was as amazed as I was at the gameness and speed and strength of so small a fish.Tales of Fishes | Zane Grey
Mr. Hampton was a thoroughgoing sport, and no quality was quite so apt to appeal to him as dead gameness.Bob Hampton of Placer | Randall Parrish
Somehow the sight of this brought back to him that abiding faith in her "dead gameness" which had first awakened his admiration.Bob Hampton of Placer | Randall Parrish
Both of the Dinsmores had a reputation for gameness in a country where the ordinary citizen was of proved courage.Oh, You Tex! | William Macleod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for gameness
courage or bravery; pluck
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