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 gamesplay, sport, business, contest, tournament, competition, meeting, round, match, adventure, pastime, jest, amusement, occupation, proceeding, lark, frolic, festivity, merrymaking, enterprise
Examples from the Web for games
Contemporary Examples of games
We add them to our games because we see other developers add them to their games.
These “free” games display ads, often in obnoxious places, in lieu of the entry fee.
Forget those silly “games played with the ball”; they are far “too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind.”Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
There are those who accuse their games of not really being video games at all, which is ludicrous.‘Game of Thrones’ Interactive FanFiction: Whoops, My Friend Was Speared in the Throat
December 13, 2014
With other games, the guys would just assemble them and box them up, and that was that.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
Historical Examples of games
No woman was allowed to enter Olympia, during the celebration of the games.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
All kinds o' games had been put up on him and he beat 'em all.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Go outside with these children, and help them to some games.In the Valley
Games of address are not to be put upon a footing with games of hazard.'Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
During the past months they had been living here, training for the games.Buried Cities, Part 2
- 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.