[ gam-ee ]
/ ˈgæm i /

adjective, gam·mi·er, gam·mi·est. British Informal.

disabled; lame: a gammy leg.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (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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