Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sportive; lively; joyful.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to game.
  • adv. Gaily; joyfully.
  • adv. In a game or plucky manner; in a willing and spirited fashion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a plucky manner; spiritedly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sportive; lively; joyful.
  • Gaily; joyfully.
  • In a game or plucky manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a plucky manner

Etymologies

From Middle English gamelich, from Old English gamelīc, gamenlīc ("belonging to games, sportive, theatrical, ridiculous"), equivalent to game +‎ -ly. Cognate with Middle High German gāmelich, gemelich ("joyful"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Sen. Menendez argued gamely that the Senate can do both the energy AND immigration reform this year, which would be climate change of a different sort.

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  • In an entry just posted on the Inside Higher Ed Web page, the president of Sarah Lawrence College gamely addressed what has become this liberal arts school's most notorious distinction: a price tag of $58,716 including tuition, fees and room and board for 2011-12, which makes it America's most expensive college.

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  • She seemed surprised to have been passed the ball so quickly, but she gamely smiled and glanced around at the wide-eyed students.

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  • Smiling, gamely in lockstep, they sailed over to the press.

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  • Mr. Panetta and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey, tried gamely yesterday to dress up these cuts not as a drawdown but as a "strategic shift."

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  • Crossing that bridge to Mercado Sonora, Quetzal walks gamely forward, a pixieish figure, with his womanly legs, bushy black locks, his delicate air.

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  • Inside the theatre, parents were comforting their children while gamely hiding their own fear of the events exploding outside.

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