\ 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

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Other Words from gamy


gamily \ ˈgā-​mə-​lē How to pronounce -gamy (audio) \ adverb
gaminess \ ˈgā-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce -gamy (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 An intriguing pinot, with intense flavors of cherries, tree bark and a gamy meat on a grill tantalizingly out of sight, all wrapped in silky elegance. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 Animals that spend their whole life grazing on pasture have a higher proportion of omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids that break down into smaller molecules with fishy and gamy flavors. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 June 2021 This organic rosé, a blend of grenache and syrah, tastes of cantaloupe, sage and a gamy suggestion of a gossamer-thin slice of prosciutto. Washington Post, 21 June 2020 The lean, gamy meat is popular with bodybuilders and the wellness-conscious. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2021 The Pax Armagh captured in a bottle the savory, floral, wild and gamy nature of the grape and place. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 10 Dec. 2020 Venison gives this classic French comfort stew a pleasant, gamy flavor. Paul Stephen,, 11 Nov. 2020 Turkey’s gamy qualities work well with fruit — that’s why cranberry sauce is so crucial to a Thanksgiving spread. Washington Post, 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, 29 Jan. 2020

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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

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31 Jul 2021

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“Gamy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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.

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