\ 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 The lean, gamy meat is popular with bodybuilders and the wellness-conscious. Washington Post, "‘Kangaroos are not shoes’ campaign lands awkwardly in Australia’s Outback," 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, "Wines to Remember in a Year to Forget," 10 Dec. 2020 Venison gives this classic French comfort stew a pleasant, gamy flavor. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Venison Bourguignon," 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, "6 recipes that will change your mind about ground turkey," 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, "20 Super Bowl chili recipes: Which one is right for you?," 29 Jan. 2020 Duck eggs often also have two yolks, and have a slightly gamier flavor than chicken eggs with a thicker texture in both the yolk and whites. Chuck Blount,, "Cured, salted duck egg yolks from near Seguin the new foodie fad you need to try," 9 Dec. 2019 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

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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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26 Apr 2021

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“Gamy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 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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