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#8: Gamy

Definition:

having the flavor of game; especially: having the flavor of game kept uncooked till near tainting

Examples:

"The goat was a bit of an adventure, but delicious in its slightly gamy, tender way." – Rita Moran, Ventura County Star, November 8, 2012

About the Word:

Gamy has a number of other uses that pick up on the idea of "tainted." These uses are fairly rare, at least in America, but are still evocative.

For example, it can mean "sordid, scandalous," as in "he gave us all the gamy details"; or "corrupt, disreputable," as in "a gamy character"; or "sexually suggestive," as in "a singles bar where the conversations and come-on lines tend to be gamy."

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