gam·​ing | \ ˈgā-miŋ How to pronounce gaming (audio) \

Definition of gaming

1 : the practice or activity of playing games for stakes : gambling After a six-decade absence, casino gaming makes its return next month to this Southern Indiana valley, once famous for luxury resorts that attracted the nation's elite.— Michael Rubino often used before another nounthe gaming industry
2 : the practice or activity of playing computer or video games online gaming I think handheld wireless devices will lead to interesting new styles of gaming.— John Carmack When most people think of computer gaming, they envision some things that aren't exactly politically correct. Things like blazing lasers, spattering blood and beheaded aliens. However, Internet gaming really does offer something for everyone.— Kim Komando

Examples of gaming in a Sentence

He does a lot of gaming online.
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First Known Use of gaming

1501, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gaming

game entry 1 or game entry 3 + -ing entry 1

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The first known use of gaming was in 1501

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5 Jul 2020

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“Gaming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce gaming (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gaming

: the activity of playing computer games
: the act or activity of gambling


gam·​ing | \ ˈgā-miŋ \

Kids Definition of gaming

: the practice of gambling

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