noun \ˈgām\

: a physical or mental activity or contest that has rules and that people do for pleasure

: a particular occurrence of a game

: one of the games that are part of a larger contest (such as a tennis match)

Full Definition of GAME

a (1) :  activity engaged in for diversion or amusement :  play (2) :  the equipment for a game
b :  often derisive or mocking jesting :  fun, sport <make game of a nervous player>
a :  a procedure or strategy for gaining an end :  tactic
b :  an illegal or shady scheme or maneuver :  racket
a (1) :  a physical or mental competition conducted according to rules with the participants in direct opposition to each other (2) :  a division of a larger contest (3) :  the number of points necessary to win (4) :  points scored in certain card games (as in all fours) by a player whose cards count up the highest (5) :  the manner of playing in a contest (6) :  the set of rules governing a game (7) :  a particular aspect or phase of play in a game or sport <a football team's kicking game>
b plural :  organized athletics
c (1) :  a field of gainful activity :  line <the newspaper game>
(2) :  any activity undertaken or regarded as a contest involving rivalry, strategy, or struggle <the dating game> <the game of politics>; also :  the course or period of such an activity <got into aviation early in the game> (3) :  area of expertise :  specialty 3 <comedy is not my game>
a (1) :  animals under pursuit or taken in hunting; especially :  wild animals hunted for sport or food (2) :  the flesh of game animals
b archaic :  pluck
c :  a target or object especially of ridicule or attack —often used in the phrase fair game
game·like \-līk\ adjective

Examples of GAME

  1. poker and other gambling games
  2. She scored a goal to tie the game.
  3. We played a few games of chess.
  4. That was a good game!
  5. She won the first two games, but lost the set and the match.
  6. children playing at their games
  7. They are known to play a very rough game.
  8. She has a strong all-around game.
  9. She needs to improve her game if she wants to win the championship.
  10. a football team with a strong running game

Origin of GAME

Middle English, from Old English gamen; akin to Old High German gaman amusement
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce

Rhymes with GAME



Definition of GAME

intransitive verb
:  to play for a stake
transitive verb
archaic :  to lose or squander by gambling
:  to take dishonest advantage of :  cheat <game the tax system>

First Known Use of GAME




Definition of GAME

a :  having or showing a resolute unyielding spirit
b :  willing or ready to proceed <were game for anything>
:  of or relating to game <game laws>
game·ly adverb
game·ness noun

First Known Use of GAME




Definition of GAME

:  lame <a game leg>

Origin of GAME

origin unknown
First Known Use: circa 1787


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