gam

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[gam]
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Origin of gam

1
1775–85; probably < Polari < Italian gamba leg; see jamb1

gam

2
[gam]
noun
  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

2
1840–50, Americanism; perhaps dialectal variant of game1
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Contemporary Examples of gams

  • I belong to the “Soccer Hater” demographic – middle-aged Republican crank with long, blonde hair and a great pair of gams.

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    Up To a Point: Oops, I Enjoyed Soccer

    P. J. O’Rourke

    July 13, 2014

  • I belong to the “Soccer Hater” demographic—middle-aged Republican crank with long, blonde hair and a great pair of gams.

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    DUP-Up To a Point: Oops, I Enjoyed Soccer

    P. J. O’Rourke

    July 13, 2014

Historical Examples of gams


British Dictionary definitions for gams

gam

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noun
  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

gam

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noun
  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 gams
n.

"legs," 1781, low slang, probably the same word as gamb "leg of an animal on a coat of arms" (1727) and ultimately from Middle English gamb "leg," from Old North French (see gammon). Now, in American English slang, especially with reference to well-formed legs of pretty women, but this was not the original sense.

gam

n.

"a leg," 1781, see gams.

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