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gamy

adjective \ˈgā-mē\

Simple Definition of gamy

  • : having the flavor of meat from wild animals especially when it is slightly spoiled

Full Definition of gamy

gam·i·ergam·i·est

  1. 1 :  brave, plucky —used especially of animals

  2. 2 a :  having the flavor of game; especially :  having the flavor of game near tainting b :  smelly

  3. 3 a :  sordid, scandalous <gave us all the gamy details> b :  corrupt, disreputable <a gamy character> c :  sexually suggestive :  racy <gamy witticisms>

gam·i·ly play \-mə-lē\ adverb
gam·i·ness play \-mē-nəs\ noun

Examples of gamy

  1. <a singles bar where the conversations and come-on lines tend to be gamy>



1844

First Known Use of gamy

1844

Variants of gamy

or gam·ey play \ˈgā-mē\

-gamy

noun combining form

Definition of -gamy

  1. 1 :  marriage <exogamy>

  2. 2 :  union for propagation or reproduction <allogamy>

  3. 3 :  possession of (such) reproductive organs or (such) a mode of fertilization <cleistogamy>



Origin of -gamy

Middle English -gamie, from Late Latin -gamia, from Greek, from gamein to marry



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