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gam

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noun \ˈgam\

Definition of gam

slang

  1. :  leg



Origin of gam

probably ultimately from Lingua Franca gamba leg, from Italian, from Late Latin


First Known Use: circa 1785

Rhymes with gam


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gam

noun

Definition of gam

  1. 1 :  a visit or friendly conversation at sea or ashore especially between whalers

  2. 2 :  a school of whales



Origin of gam

perhaps short for obsolete gammon talk


First Known Use: 1846


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gam

verb

Definition of gam

gammedgamming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in a gam

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to have a gam with

  5. 2 :  to spend or pass (as time) talking



Did You Know?

But what is a gam? You might wear out your index-finger running up and down the columns of dictionaries, and never find the word. So says the narrator, who calls himself Ishmael, of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. These days you will indeed find "gam" entered in dictionaries; Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines the noun "gam" as "a visit or friendly conversation at sea or ashore especially between whalers." (It can also mean "a school of whales.") Melville’s narrator explains that when whaling ships met far out at sea, they would hail one another and the crews would exchange visits and news. English speakers have been using the word gam to refer to these and similar social exchanges since the mid-19th century.

1849

First Known Use of gam

1849


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