\ 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 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 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 During a fish’s journey from boat to cutting board, that iron and oxygen team up to slice through fat molecules, releasing some of the same pleasantly gamy aromas found in red meat. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 The breast was served in striking wedges, each with strata of crispy skin, luscious fat, and tender meat, as rich and gamy as foie gras. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "The Sprawling, Swanky, Slightly Sterile Legacy Records," 7 June 2018 More recently, poached nettles and a vivid orange swipe of harissa spice paste with a toothy green garbazo ragout gave an aromatic North African lift to the sweetly gamy meat. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Storied Bucks County inn now a destination for dinner," 3 May 2018

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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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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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