gam·​my | \ ˈga-mē How to pronounce gammy (audio) \

Definition of gammy

: lame, game

Examples of gammy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And not just any old specimen with a wispy beard and a gammy leg; one fit to be declared the finest in all of Scotland. The Economist, "Scottish farming Agricultural shows go online," 27 June 2020

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First Known Use of gammy

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gammy

of uncertain origin

Note: A connection with game entry 4 is not well-motivated derivationally or phonetically. Also compared with regional French gambi, cambi "lame, bow-legged," though the late date of the word does not favor borrowing from such a source. The use of the word in English dialects to mean "clumsy" or "left-handed" (Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, also gammy-handed) suggests that a word of different origin and meaning may have been influenced by game entry 4.

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“Gammy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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