[ pree-geym ]


  1. of, relating to, or happening in the period just before a sports game:

    The coach was interviewed in a pregame broadcast.

  2. noting or relating to the consumption of liquor before attending a party or other event:

    pregame drinking.


  1. an event or broadcast relating to and occurring just before a sports game:

    Thirty people attended the pregame.

verb (used with or without object)

, pre·gamed, pre·gam·ing.
  1. to drink liquor before going to (a party, game, or other event):

    We pregamed at my house to save some money.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pregame1

First recorded in 1910–15; pre- + game 1
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Example Sentences

An NBA spokesperson told the Athletic that “under the unique circumstances of this season, teams are permitted to run their pregame operations as they see fit.”

Additionally, the NFL’s pregame tailgate party will be broadcast on TikTok, with in-person attendance limited to 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers.

Meanwhile, pregame team meetings in the locker room will be limited to 10 minutes and masks are required for all attendees.

Philadelphia, which sat stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons with minor injuries, played Saturday over Coach Doc Rivers’s pregame objections.

That game featured a pregame verbal confrontation between Vrabel and Harbaugh.

The Orioles didn't press, partly because they've come to believe that pregame excuses are essential to Palmer.

The Haka, a traditional Maori dance, is best known as the pregame ritual of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team.

The student-run pregame campsite, Paternoville, is now simply calling itself “Nittanyville.”

The endgame of the war was even more poorly played than the pregame.

A pregame rally south of the Washington Monument featured drum circles and papier maché puppets.





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