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
Examples of game in a Sentence
poker and other gambling games
She scored a goal to tie the game.
We played a few games of chess.
That was a good game!
She won the first two games, but lost the set and the match.
children playing at their games
They are known to play a very rough game.
She has a strong all-around game.
She needs to improve her game if she wants to win the championship.
a football team with a strong running gameSee More
Recent Examples on the Web
The combined viewership of a Dallas Cowboys-Washington Commanders game over the Thanksgiving weekend attracted one of the biggest audiences ever, topping 41 million viewers.—David Bloom, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The adjunct group now has organizers in all of the major divisions at the School of Cinematic Arts — from animation to producing to interactive media and games — and as of press time over 77 percent of the adjunct faculty had signed union cards.—Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Nov. 2023 In 1978, their game Simon was launched by Milton Bradley.—IEEE Spectrum, 29 Nov. 2023 The influential conservative activist group backed by billionaire Charles Koch -- long thought to be a Republican kingmaker -- now plans to pour millions of dollars into a ground game supporting her candidacy.—Nicholas Kerr, ABC News, 29 Nov. 2023 This year’s cohort comprises creatives spanning craft specialisms from hair and make up, production, editing and games design, to performance, directing and cinematography and is from diverse ethnic backgrounds and abilities.—Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 29 Nov. 2023 Soccer referees currently have the power to call fouls and dish out yellows for egregious offenses or red cards for the worst behavior that warrants immediate expulsion and shorthanded play for the offender's team for the rest of the game.—David K. Li, NBC News, 29 Nov. 2023 The 26-year-old Ohio native, who led the Bengals to the 2022 Super Bowl and last season's AFC title game, tore a ligament in his wrist that will likely require surgery, Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor said.—David K. Li, NBC News, 17 Nov. 2023 In the Division 1 game, Bonita Vista finished the season 19-1 with a 19-0 win over Torrey Pines, which finished 16-1.—John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2023
In the film, Lawrence’s character, Maddie, appears fully naked on a beach — and the actor was fully game to do the comedic nude scene.—Todd Spangler, Variety, 24 Oct. 2023 Football rewind Narbonne rallied for a 22-21 win over Banning in a game that was marred by a post-game fight.—Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2023 The pair have been seen walking together to interviews on game days and walking the sidelines as part of Sanders' pre-game preparations.—Michael King, CBS News, 22 Sep. 2023 Want to make it to the game after your pre-game party like these folks below?—Peter Chakerian, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2023 According to the Brewers' roof policies, the club has sole discretion over starting a game with the roof opened or closed, but mid-game changes require consultation with the umpiring crew chief.—Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 5 July 2023 The 11,000-square-foot facility includes several golf simulators across two floors and offers more than 50 courses for people to play on during game days and non-game days.—Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 16 June 2023 Artists and students were game to be extras, making their real art in the background.—Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 22 June 2023 Milroe did well in his eight games played last fall, which included one start against Texas A&M and a mid-game injury replacement for Bryce Young at Arkansas.—Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 13 Apr. 2023
The goal for all three domains is to ensure there are measurements that can’t be gamed to look good without improving people’s lives.—Alex Knapp, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Beginning in 1989, gaming revenue in Vegas began to drop in inverse proportion to non-gaming revenue, which included money spent on entertainment, shopping and dining, said UNLV’s Feldman.—Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2023 Of the 200 people surveyed in the United States, 90 percent snack while gaming, and the majority said chips make the most bothersome noise when another gamer is eating them.—Sydney Page, Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2023 The good Highly accurate tactile controls for gaming Readily converts your smartphone into a Nintendo Switch-like experience
Fun!—Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 15 Nov. 2023 The Steelers’ Pickett, 25, appears unlikely to hold up physically, game in and game out.—Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Oct. 2023 At the same time, if AI's criteria and weighting become public, there's a risk that applicants will try to game the system.—Dr. Aviva Legatt, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 If cross progression were adopted more widely across the industry, the feature could do for gaming what wireless controllers did and literally untether you from your main console.—WIRED, 8 Nov. 2023 Many workers become more occupied with gaming the tracking system than doing actual work.—Anni Hallila, Fortune, 31 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English game, gamen "delight, amusement, play, contest, pursuit of animals in sport," going back to Old English gamen, gomen "amusement, jest, pastime," going back to Germanic *gamano- (whence Old Saxon & Old High German gaman "amusement," Old Norse gaman "sport, amusement"), of uncertain origin
derivative of game entry 1 (earliest in phrase to die game "to meet death resolutely")