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gammy

[ gam-ee ]
/ ˈgæm i /
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adjective, gam·mi·er, gam·mi·est.British Informal.

disabled; lame: a gammy leg.

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Origin of gammy

First recorded in 1830–40; originally dialectal, perhaps from dialectal French; compare Norman dialect gambier “having bad legs,” gambie “lame,” Middle French gambi “bent, crooked,” all ultimately derivative of Late Latin gamba; see jamb1
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British Dictionary definitions for gammy

gammy
/ (ˈɡæmɪ) /

adjective -mier or -miest

British slang (esp of the leg) malfunctioning, injured, or lame; gameUS equivalent: gimpy

Word Origin for gammy

C19: from Shelta gyamyath bad, altered form of Irish cam crooked; see game ²
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