Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a plucky manner; spiritedly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Sportive; lively; joyful.
  • adjective hunting, fishing, etc. Of or pertaining to game.
  • adverb obsolete Gaily; joyfully.
  • adverb In a game or plucky manner; in a willing and spirited fashion.

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

  • adverb in a plucky manner

Etymologies

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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").

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