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

  • adj. Having the flavor or odor of game, especially game that is slightly spoiled.
  • adj. Ill-smelling; rank.
  • adj. Showing an unyielding spirit; plucky: a gamy little mare that loved to run.
  • adj. Corrupt; tainted: "those considerable forces in America that appear to be tired of the old politics (particularly the gamy municipal variety)” ( Tom Wicker).
  • adj. Sordid; seamy.
  • adj. Sexually suggestive; racy.

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of gamey.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the flavor of game, esp. of game kept uncooked till near the condition of tainting; high-flavored.
  • adj. Showing an unyielding spirit to the last; plucky; furnishing sport.
  • adj. Same as gamey.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the flavor of game; having a flavor as of game kept uncooked till it is slightly tainted, when it is held by connoisseurs to be in proper condition for the table: as, the venison was in fine gamy condition.
  • Spirited; plucky; game: as, a gamy little fellow.
  • Also, less correctly, spelled gamey.

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

  • adj. willing to face danger
  • adj. suggestive of sexual impropriety
  • adj. (used of the smell of meat) smelling spoiled or tainted


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