Definition of


  1. (noun, act) an amusement or pastime
    he thought of his painting as a game that filled his empty time
    his life was all fun and games
  2. (noun, act) a contest with rules to determine a winner
  3. (noun, act) a single play of a sport or other contest
  4. (noun, act) frivolous or trifling behavior
    for him, life is all fun and games
  5. (noun, act) your occupation or line of work
    she's in show biz
  6. (noun, animal) animal hunted for food or sport
  7. (noun, artifact) the game equipment needed in order to play a particular game
  8. (noun, cognition) a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal)
    I saw through his little game from the start
  9. (noun, food) the flesh of wild animals that is used for food
  10. (noun, quantity) (games) the score at a particular point or the score needed to win
    he is serving for the game
  11. (noun, time) (tennis) a division of play during which one player serves
  12. (verb, competition) place a bet on
    I'm betting on the new horse
  13. (adj, all) willing to face danger
  14. (adj, all) disabled in the feet or legs
    a game leg

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Game

  1. O.E. gamen "joy, fun, amusement," common Gmc. (cf. O.Fris. game, O.N. gaman, O.H.G. gaman "joy, glee"), regarded as identical with Goth. gaman "participation, communion," from P.Gmc. *ga- collective prefix + *mann "person," giving a sense of "people together." Meaning "contest played according to rules" is first attested c.1300. … more
  2. "lame," 1787, from north Midlands dialect, perhaps a variant of gammy (tramps' slang) "bad," or from O.N.Fr. gambe "leg." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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