\ 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 gamily (audio) \ adverb
gaminess \ ˈgā-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce gaminess (audio) \ noun

Examples of gamy in a Sentence


a singles bar where the conversations and come-on lines tend to be gamy

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

If people want to smell like gamy muskrats down by the river, that’s their right as Americans. John Kass,, "Column: The Golden Moutza of June is a real fish story," 26 June 2019 Three hours later, there was a rank, stubborn, gamy taste in my mouth, and no amount of beer-rinsing or tooth-brushing would get rid of it. WSJ, "Hunting in Tanzania the Way Our Earliest Ancestors Did," 9 Oct. 2018 During a fish’s journey from boat to cutting board, that iron and oxygen team up to slice through fat molecules, releasing some of the same pleasantly gamy aromas found in red meat. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 The breast was served in striking wedges, each with strata of crispy skin, luscious fat, and tender meat, as rich and gamy as foie gras. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "The Sprawling, Swanky, Slightly Sterile Legacy Records," 7 June 2018 More recently, poached nettles and a vivid orange swipe of harissa spice paste with a toothy green garbazo ragout gave an aromatic North African lift to the sweetly gamy meat. Craig Laban,, "Storied Bucks County inn now a destination for dinner," 3 May 2018 Euro Bakery also serves massive sandwiches ($10) stuffed into piping-hot lepinja bread, including an intense and gamy pile of lamb, carved from a huge hunk of roasted meat and layered with onions and a splash of creamy sauce. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Burek, bread, baklava: 3 Balkan bakeries and restaurants for some of the best comfort food in Phoenix," 28 Mar. 2018 Lamb cooked sous vide was light, not gamy, served with fried sweetbreads and grilled preserved eggplants that left a faint whiff of wildfire on the plate. New York Times, "A Steamboat Springs Restaurant That Is Truly Farm-to-Table," 3 Mar. 2018 But also try the goat, which has a buttery richness and slightly gamier savor than lamb, though at times (like my last visit) can be chewy. Craig Laban,, "Saté Kampar is like traveling across the globe," 9 Dec. 2017

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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 3 + -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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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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