Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An opening in chess in which a minor piece, or pieces, usually a pawn, is offered in exchange for a favorable position.
  • n. A maneuver, stratagem, or ploy, especially one used at an initial stage.
  • n. A remark intended to open a conversation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An opening in chess, in which a minor piece (often a pawn) is sacrificed to gain an advantage.
  • n. Any ploy or stratagem.
  • n. A remark intended to open a conversation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mode of opening the game, in which a pawn is sacrificed to gain an attacking position.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In chess-playing, an opening in which a pawn or a piece is sacrificed, or at least offered, for the sake of, or with the object of obtaining, an advantageous attack.

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

  • n. a maneuver in a game or conversation
  • n. a chess move early in the game in which the player sacrifices minor pieces in order to obtain an advantageous position
  • n. an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker

Etymologies

Ultimately from Spanish gambito, from Italian gambetto, act of tripping someone up in wrestling, from gamba, leg, from Old Italian; see gambol.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from Spanish gambito, from Italian gambetto, from gamba ("leg"), from Latin gamba ("calf"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • A chess opening where you sacrifice material, typically a pawn, for speed and position.

    February 21, 2007