WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
game1 /geɪm/USA pronunciation   n., adj.,  gam•er, gam•est. 
  1. Games an amusement or pastime:[countable]children's games; card games.
  2. Games the equipment for a game:[countable]Clean up the games from the floor.
  3. Games[countable] an activity in which players compete against others, involving skill, chance, or endurance and played according to a set of rules for the amusement of the players or of spectators.
  4. Games a single occasion of such an activity:[countable]a hockey game.
  5. Games the number of points required to win a game:[uncountable]Game in table tennis is normally 21 points.
  6. Games the score at a particular stage in a game:[countable]The game was seven to six at that point.
  7. Games a particular manner or style of playing a game:[countable]He plays a fierce game.
  8. something resembling a game, as in requiring skill or endurance:[countable]the game of diplomacy.
  9. Informal Termsa business or professional activity:[countable]He's in the real-estate game.
  10. a trick or strategy:[countable]We saw through his game.
  11. fun;
    joke:[countable]We have no time for your games.
  12. [uncountable] wild animals, including birds and fishes, such as are hunted for food or for sport or profit.
  13. [uncountable] the flesh of such wild animals, used as food.
  14. any object of pursuit, attack, abuse, etc.:[uncountable]Any new student is fair game for the school bully.

  1. relating to animals viewed as game:[before a noun]game laws.
  2. having a fighting spirit;
    plucky:a game fighter.
  3. Informal Terms[be + ~] having the required spirit or will: [+ for]Who's game for a hike?[+ to + verb]I'm game to try anything.
  1. Idiomsgive the game away, to reveal the truth about something.
  2. Idiomsplay games, to treat others manipulatively:Stop playing games and tell us what you really want.
  3. Idiomsplay the game, to act in accordance with rules, conventions, or standards.

game•ly, adv.: The army fought gamely.
game•ness, n. [uncountable]

game2 /geɪm/USA pronunciation   adj. [before a noun]
  1. weak;
    lame:a game leg.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
game1  (gām),USA pronunciation n., adj.,  gam•er, gam•est, v.,  gamed, gam•ing. 
  1. Gamesan amusement or pastime:children's games.
  2. Gamesthe material or equipment used in playing certain games:a store selling toys and games.
  3. Gamesa competitive activity involving skill, chance, or endurance on the part of two or more persons who play according to a set of rules, usually for their own amusement or for that of spectators.
  4. Gamesa single occasion of such an activity, or a definite portion of one:the final game of the season; a rubber of three games at bridge.
  5. Gamesthe number of points required to win a game.
  6. Gamesthe score at a particular stage in a game:With five minutes to play, the game was 7 to 0.
  7. Gamesa particular manner or style of playing a game:Her game of chess is improving.
  8. anything resembling a game, as in requiring skill, endurance, or adherence to rules:the game of diplomacy.
  9. a trick or strategy:to see through someone's game.
  10. fun;
    sport of any kind;
    joke:That's about enough of your games.
  11. wild animals, including birds and fishes, such as are hunted for food or taken for sport or profit.
  12. the flesh of such wild animals or other game, used as food:a dish of game.
  13. any object of pursuit, attack, abuse, etc.:The new boy at school seemed to be fair game for practical jokers.
  14. Informal Termsa business or profession:He's in the real-estate game.
  15. [Archaic.]fighting spirit;
  16. Idiomsmake game of, to make fun of;
    ridicule:to make game of the weak and defenseless.
  17. Idiomsplay games, to act in an evasive, deceitful, manipulative, or trifling manner in dealing with others:Don't play games with me—I want to know if you love me or not!
  18. play the game, [Informal.]
    • to act or play in accordance with the rules.
    • to act honorably or justly:We naively assumed that our allies would continue to play the game.

  1. pertaining to or composed of animals hunted or taken as game or to their flesh.
  2. having a fighting spirit;
  3. Informal Termshaving the required spirit or will (often fol. by for or an infinitive):Who's game for a hike through the woods?
  4. Idiomsdie game: 
    • to die after a brave struggle.
    • to remain steadfast or in good spirits at the moment of defeat:He knew that as a candidate he didn't have a chance in the world, but he campaigned anyway and died game.

  1. to play games of chance for stakes;

  1. to squander in gaming (usually fol. by away).
gameless, adj. 
gamelike′, adj. 
gameness, n. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English gamen, Old English gaman; cognate with Old High German gaman glee
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sport, contest, competition.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged scheme, artifice, stratagem, plan, plot, venture.
    • 11, 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged prey, quarry.
    • 20.See corresponding entry in Unabridged brave, bold, intrepid, dauntless, fearless.

game2  (gām),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. lame:a game leg.
  • perh. shortening of gammy, though change in vowel unclear 1780–90

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

game /ɡeɪm/ n
  1. an amusement or pastime; diversion
  2. a contest with rules, the result being determined by skill, strength, or chance
  3. a single period of play in such a contest, sport, etc
  4. the score needed to win a contest
  5. a single contest in a series; match
  6. (plural; often capital) an event consisting of various sporting contests, esp in athletics: Olympic Games, Highland Games
  7. equipment needed for playing certain games
  8. short for computer game
  9. style or ability in playing a game: he is a keen player but his game is not good
  10. a scheme, proceeding, etc, practised like a game: the game of politics
  11. an activity undertaken in a spirit of levity; joke: marriage is just a game to him
  12. wild animals, including birds and fish, hunted for sport, food, or profit
  13. (as modifier): game laws
  14. the flesh of such animals, used as food: generally taken not to include fish
  15. an object of pursuit; quarry; prey (esp in the phrase fair game)
  16. informal work or occupation
  17. informal a trick, strategy, or device: I can see through your little game
  18. obsolete pluck or courage; bravery
  19. slang chiefly Brit prostitution (esp in the phrase on the game)
  20. give the game awayto reveal one's intentions or a secret
  21. make game of, make a game ofto make fun of; ridicule; mock
  22. off one's gameplaying badly
  23. on one's gameplaying well
  24. play the gameto behave fairly or in accordance with rules
  25. the game is upthere is no longer a chance of success
  1. informal full of fighting spirit; plucky; brave
  2. game as Ned Kelly, as game as Ned KellyAustral informal extremely brave; indomitable
  3. (usually followed by for) informal prepared or ready; willing: I'm game for a try
  1. (intransitive) to play games of chance for money, stakes, etc; gamble
Etymology: Old English gamen; related to Old Norse gaman, Old High German gaman amusement

ˈgameˌlike adj
game /ɡeɪm/ adj
  1. a less common word for lame: game leg
Etymology: 18th Century: probably from Irish cam crooked

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