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Definition of "gamy" [gam•y]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gamy" in a sentence
  • "Because of the absence of musk glands, the meat is free of the "gamy" flavor found in squirrels and rabbits."
  • "At 8: 15 this morning, according to his travel log, he had 67 London branches yet to visit, and smelled a bit "gamy"."
  • "I would think it may be somewhat gamy tasting and tough, I may have to try sometime, just to say I did."