\ ˈgā-mē How to pronounce gamy (audio) \
variants: or gamey
gamier; gamiest

Definition of gamy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : brave, plucky used especially of animals
2a : having the flavor of game especially : having the flavor of game near tainting
b : smelly
3a : sordid, scandalous gave us all the gamy details
b : corrupt, disreputable a gamy character
c : sexually suggestive : racy gamy witticisms

Definition of -gamy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : marriage exogamy
2 : union for propagation or reproduction allogamy
3 : possession of (such) reproductive organs or (such) a mode of fertilization cleistogamy

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from gamy


gamily \ ˈgā-​mə-​lē How to pronounce gamily (audio) \ adverb
gaminess \ ˈgā-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce gaminess (audio) \ noun

Examples of gamy in a Sentence

Adjective a singles bar where the conversations and come-on lines tend to be gamy
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Turkey’s gamy qualities work well with fruit — that’s why cranberry sauce is so crucial to a Thanksgiving spread. Washington Post, "6 recipes that will change your mind about ground turkey," 30 Jan. 2020 With Beans The slightly gamy flavor of this game-day chili from Portland food writer Ivy Manning comes from buffalo meat. oregonlive, "20 Super Bowl chili recipes: Which one is right for you?," 29 Jan. 2020 Duck eggs often also have two yolks, and have a slightly gamier flavor than chicken eggs with a thicker texture in both the yolk and whites. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "Cured, salted duck egg yolks from near Seguin the new foodie fad you need to try," 9 Dec. 2019 White breezily portrays Brendan’s gamy masculinity, which clings to him like the funk from his unwashed gym clothes. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Porn Infiltrates Suburbia in Mrs. Fletcher," 28 Oct. 2019 Yamahai sake is typically gamy , earthy and nutty , and often compared to the funky flavors and acidity of natural wine. Jenn Harrisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A complete guide to sake from the sake guru at Ototo," 8 Aug. 2019 The crust doesn’t taste at all gamy but does have a savory depth that butter alone can’t deliver. Los Angeles Times, "Duck fat: the magic ingredient you didn’t know your peach pie needed," 27 July 2019 If people want to smell like gamy muskrats down by the river, that’s their right as Americans. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The Golden Moutza of June is a real fish story," 26 June 2019 Three hours later, there was a rank, stubborn, gamy taste in my mouth, and no amount of beer-rinsing or tooth-brushing would get rid of it. WSJ, "Hunting in Tanzania the Way Our Earliest Ancestors Did," 9 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gamy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of gamy


1820, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for gamy


in sense 1 from game entry 2 + -y entry 1; in other senses from game entry 1 + -y entry 1

Noun combining form

borrowed from Greek -gamia, from the base of gameîn "to marry" + -ia -ia entry 1 — more at -gamous

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gamy

Statistics for gamy

Cite this Entry

“Gamy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gamy. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for gamy

How to pronounce -gamy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gamy

: having the flavor of meat from wild animals especially when it is slightly spoiled
\ ˈgā-mē How to pronounce gamy (audio) \
gamier; gamiest

Kids Definition of gamy

: having the flavor or smell of meat from wild animals especially when slightly spoiled The meat tasted gamy.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on gamy

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for gamy

Spanish Central: Translation of gamy

Nglish: Translation of gamy for Spanish Speakers

Comments on gamy

What made you want to look up gamy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!