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gamey \gamey\ adj.

  1. suggestive of sexual impropriety; as, he skips asterisks and gives you the gamey details.

    Syn: blue, gamy, juicy, naughty, racy, risque, spicy, sexy.

  2. foul-smelling; -- used of the smell of game beginning to taint.

    Syn: gamy, high.

  3. spirited and resolute.

    Syn: game, gamy, gritty, mettlesome, spirited, spunky.

  4. willing to proceed or act.

    Syn: game.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also gamy, 1844, "spirited, plucky," from game (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "tasting or smelling strongly" is from 1863.


a. 1 Having the smell, taste and texture of consumed game (meat). 2 plucky, spirited or gritty 3 risque, sordid or sexually suggestive

  1. adj. suggestive of sexual impropriety; "a blue movie"; "blue jokes"; "he skips asterisks and gives you the gamy details"; "a juicy scandal"; "a naughty wink"; "naughty words"; "racy anecdotes"; "a risque story"; "spicy gossip" [syn: blue, gamy, juicy, naughty, racy, risque, spicy]

  2. used of the smell of game beginning to taint [syn: gamy, high]

  3. willing to face danger [syn: game, gamy, gritty, mettlesome, spirited, spunky]

Usage examples of "gamey".

The Englishman, whose right eye was nearly closed, took his corner where he was liberally drenched with water and when the bell went came on gamey and brimful of pluck, confident of knocking out the fistic Eblanite in jigtime.

Biggs the best part of three days to find Lennox in a fleabag pub near Victory Square, and, by the time they got organized for their trip up the Squamish Highway, Marylee Scott had been quite gamey.

They fed him a handful of boiled corn and a strip of badly aired meat, gamey and rank with bacon beetle.

He whined and shivered, and my young blood mixed on his slavering chops with gamey saliva and thick eye-mucus as he girned and looked shakily and pleadingly up at my father, who picked him up and strangled him.

He had eaten little, having had no appetite for the strange, gamey organ meat.

A gamey old hen, more rope than flesh, lay in a thin pepper sauce on one of the good salvers.

Toric had obligingly sent from Southern meadows dragonloads of fresh fruit, fish, wild bucks and wherries whose flesh was prized for its tender gamey taste, so distinct from Northern meats.

Plentifully victualed, one could stand a siege here, and perhaps did in the gamey Middle Ages.