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gamey

[gey-mee]
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adjective, gam·i·er, gam·i·est.
  1. gamy.
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gamy

or gam·ey

[gey-mee]
adjective, gam·i·er, gam·i·est.
  1. having the tangy flavor or odor of game: I like the gamy taste of venison.
  2. having the flavor or odor of game or other meat kept uncooked until slightly tainted: The roast was still edible but was slightly gamy.
  3. plucky; spirited.
  4. lewd or suggestive; risqué.
  5. gross or squalid; unwholesome.
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Origin of gamy

First recorded in 1835–45; game1 + -y1
Related formsgam·i·ly, adverbun·gam·y, adjective
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gamey

gamy

adjective gamier or gamiest
  1. having the smell or flavour of game, esp high game
  2. informal spirited; plucky; brave
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Derived Formsgamily, adverbgaminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for gamey

adj.

also gamy, 1844, "spirited, plucky," from game (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "tasting or smelling strongly" is from 1863.

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gamy

adj.

see gamey.

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