or gam·ey

[ gey-mee ]
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adjective,gam·i·er, gam·i·est.
  1. having the tangy flavor or odor of game: I like the gamy taste of venison.

  2. having the flavor or odor of game or other meat kept uncooked until slightly tainted: The roast was still edible but was slightly gamy.

  1. plucky; spirited.

  2. lewd or suggestive; risqué.

  3. gross or squalid; unwholesome.

Origin of gamy

First recorded in 1835–45; game1 + -y1

Other words from gamy

  • gam·i·ly, adverb
  • un·gam·y, adjective

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Other definitions for -gamy (2 of 2)


  1. a combining form with the meanings “marriage,” “union,” “fertilization, pollination,” of the kind specified by the initial element: exogamy; plastogamy; allogamy; also forming nouns corresponding to adjectives ending in -gamous: heterogamy.

Origin of -gamy

Combining form representing Greek -gamía “act of marrying” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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British Dictionary definitions for -gamy


n combining form
  1. denoting marriage or sexual union: bigamy

Origin of -gamy

from Greek -gamia, from gamos marriage

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