[geym-suh m]


playful; frolicsome.

Origin of gamesome

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at game1, -some1
Related formsgame·some·ly, adverbgame·some·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gamesome

Historical Examples of gamesome

  • Your lordship, with your flock of geese about you, would probably be frolic and gamesome.

    Four Early Pamphlets

    William Godwin

  • The boarding-houses were corralling the easy dollars of the gamesome lawmakers.

  • But that active and gamesome maid was most entirely on the alert.

    The Black Douglas

    S. R. Crockett

  • The fish are here, as lively and gamesome as brook trout, plump, golden-sided fellows ten or twelve inches long.

  • She is gamesome and good, But of mutable mood,— No dreary repeater now and again, She will be all things to all men.


    Ralph Waldo Emerson

British Dictionary definitions for gamesome



full of merriment; sportive
Derived Formsgamesomely, adverbgamesomeness, noun
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