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adjective, gam·mi·er, gam·mi·est. British Informal.
  1. disabled; lame: a gammy leg.
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Origin of gammy

1830–40; orig. dial., perhaps < dialectal French; compare Normandy dial. gambier having bad legs, gambie lame, Middle French gambi bent, crooked, all ultimately derivative of Late Latin gamba; see jamb1
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adjective -mier or -miest
  1. British slang (esp of the leg) malfunctioning, injured, or lame; gameUS equivalent: gimpy
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Word Origin for gammy

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