Origin and Etymology of gammy
of uncertain origin ◆A connection with 4game 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 4game.
First Known Use: 1870See Words from the same year
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