\ 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

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 An intriguing pinot combining a New World sense of adventure with gamy flavors that conjure images of cherries, tree bark and the day’s kill on a grill tantalizingly out of sight, all wrapped in silky elegance. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 In the end, Surrealism came down to gamy incoherence. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 An intriguing pinot, with intense flavors of cherries, tree bark and a gamy meat on a grill tantalizingly out of sight, all wrapped in silky elegance. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 Animals that spend their whole life grazing on pasture have a higher proportion of omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids that break down into smaller molecules with fishy and gamy flavors. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 June 2021 This organic rosé, a blend of grenache and syrah, tastes of cantaloupe, sage and a gamy suggestion of a gossamer-thin slice of prosciutto. Washington Post, 21 June 2020 The lean, gamy meat is popular with bodybuilders and the wellness-conscious. Washington Post, 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, 10 Dec. 2020 Venison gives this classic French comfort stew a pleasant, gamy flavor. Paul Stephen,, 11 Nov. 2020 See More

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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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\ 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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