gamy

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.
  3. plucky; spirited.
  4. lewd or suggestive; risqué.
  5. gross or squalid; unwholesome.

Origin of gamy

First recorded in 1835–45; game1 + -y1
Related formsgam·i·ly, adverbun·gam·y, adjective

-gamy

  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
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British Dictionary definitions for gamy

-gamy

n combining form
  1. denoting marriage or sexual unionbigamy

Word Origin for -gamy

from Greek -gamia, from gamos marriage
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Word Origin and History for gamy
adj.

see gamey.

-gamy

word-forming element meaning "marriage; fertilization," from Greek -gamia, from gamos "marriage" (see gamete).

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gamy in Medicine

-gamy

suff.
  1. Marriage; mate:monogamy.
  2. Procreative or propagative union:heterogamy.
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