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noun \ˈgām\

Simple Definition of game

  • : 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

  1. 1 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>

  2. 2 a :  a procedure or strategy for gaining an end :  tactic b :  an illegal or shady scheme or maneuver :  racket

  3. 3 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>

  4. 4 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 play \-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

Synonym Discussion of game

fun, jest, sport, game, play mean action or speech that provides amusement or arouses laughter. fun usually implies laughter or gaiety but may imply merely a lack of serious or ulterior purpose <played cards just for fun>. jest implies lack of earnestness and may suggest a hoaxing or teasing <hurt by remarks said only in jest>. sport applies especially to the arousing of laughter against someone <teasing begun in sport led to anger>. game is close to sport, and often stresses mischievous or malicious fun <made game of their poor relations>. play stresses the opposition to earnest without implying any malice or mischief <pretended to strangle his brother in play>.

Rhymes with game




Definition of game


  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to play for a stake

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 archaic :  to lose or squander by gambling

  5. 2 :  to take dishonest advantage of :  cheat <game the tax system>


First Known Use of game





Definition of game

  1. 1 a :  having or showing a resolute unyielding spirit b :  willing or ready to proceed <were game for anything>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to game <game laws>

game·ly adverb
game·ness noun


First Known Use of game





Definition of game

  1. :  lame <a game leg>

Origin of game

origin unknown

First Known Use: circa 1787

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