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  1. a herd or school of whales.
  2. Eastern New England, Nautical. a social meeting, visit, or the like, as between whaling vessels at sea.
verb (used without object), gammed, gam·ming.
  1. (of whales) to assemble into a herd or school.
  2. Nautical. (of the officers and crews of two whaling vessels) to visit or converse with one another for social purposes.
  3. Eastern New England. to participate in a gam or social visit.

Origin of gam

1840–50, Americanism; perhaps dialectal variant of game1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of gamming

  • There is another little item about Gamming which must not be forgotten here.

  • As soon as we came near enough, "gamming" commenced, for all of us were anxious to know how each other had fared.

British Dictionary definitions for gamming


  1. a school of whales
  2. nautical an informal visit between crew members of whalers
  3. NZ a flock of large sea birds
verb gams, gamming or gammed
  1. (intr) (of whales) to form a school
  2. nautical (of members of the crews of whalers) to visit (each other) informally
  3. (tr) US to visit or exchange visits with

Word Origin for gam

C19: perhaps dialect variant of game 1


  1. slang a leg, esp a woman's shapely leg

Word Origin for gam

C18: probably from Old Northern French gambe or Lingua Franca gambe; see jamb
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Word Origin and History for gamming



"a leg," 1781, see gams.

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