WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
game1 /geɪm/USA pronunciation
n., adj., gam•er, gam•est. n.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Games an amusement or pastime:[countable]children's games; card games.
- Games the equipment for a game:[countable]Clean up the games from the floor.
- 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.
- Games a single occasion of such an activity:[countable]a hockey game.
- Games the number of points required to win a game:[uncountable]Game in table tennis is normally 21 points.
- Games the score at a particular stage in a game:[countable]The game was seven to six at that point.
- Games a particular manner or style of playing a game:[countable]He plays a fierce game.
- something resembling a game, as in requiring skill or endurance:[countable]the game of diplomacy.
- Informal Termsa business or professional activity:[countable]He's in the real-estate game.
- a trick or strategy:[countable]We saw through his game.
joke:[countable]We have no time for your games.
- [uncountable] wild animals, including birds and fishes, such as are hunted for food or for sport or profit.
- [uncountable] the flesh of such wild animals, used as food.
- any object of pursuit, attack, abuse, etc.:[uncountable]Any new student is fair game for the school bully.
- relating to animals viewed as game:[before a noun]game laws.
- having a fighting spirit;
plucky:a game fighter.
- Informal Terms[be + ~] having the required spirit or will: [~ + for]Who's game for a hike?[~ + to + verb]I'm game to try anything.
game•ly, adv.: The army fought gamely.
game•ness, n. [uncountable]
game2 /geɪm/USA pronunciation
adj. [before a noun]
- Idiomsgive the game away, to reveal the truth about something.
- Idiomsplay games, to treat others manipulatively:Stop playing games and tell us what you really want.
- Idiomsplay the game, to act in accordance with rules, conventions, or standards.
lame:a game leg.
(gām),USA pronunciation n., adj., gam•er, gam•est, v., gamed, gam•ing. n.
- Gamesan amusement or pastime:children's games.
- Gamesthe material or equipment used in playing certain games:a store selling toys and games.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gamesthe number of points required to win a game.
- Gamesthe score at a particular stage in a game:With five minutes to play, the game was 7 to 0.
- Gamesa particular manner or style of playing a game:Her game of chess is improving.
- anything resembling a game, as in requiring skill, endurance, or adherence to rules:the game of diplomacy.
- a trick or strategy:to see through someone's game.
sport of any kind;
joke:That's about enough of your games.
- wild animals, including birds and fishes, such as are hunted for food or taken for sport or profit.
- the flesh of such wild animals or other game, used as food:a dish of game.
- any object of pursuit, attack, abuse, etc.:The new boy at school seemed to be fair game for practical jokers.
- Informal Termsa business or profession:He's in the real-estate game.
- [Archaic.]fighting spirit;
- Idiomsmake game of, to make fun of;
ridicule:to make game of the weak and defenseless.
- 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!
- 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.
- pertaining to or composed of animals hunted or taken as game or to their flesh.
- having a fighting spirit;
- Informal Termshaving the required spirit or will (often fol. by for or an infinitive):Who's game for a hike through the woods?
- 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.
- to play games of chance for stakes;
- to squander in gaming (usually fol. by away).
- bef. 1000; Middle English gamen, Old English gaman; cognate with Old High German gaman glee
(gām),USA pronunciation adj.
- 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.
- lame:a game leg.
- perh. shortening of gammy, though change in vowel unclear 1780–90
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
game /ɡeɪm/ n
- an amusement or pastime; diversion
- a contest with rules, the result being determined by skill, strength, or chance
- a single period of play in such a contest, sport, etc
- the score needed to win a contest
- a single contest in a series; match
- (plural; often capital) an event consisting of various sporting contests, esp in athletics: Olympic Games, Highland Games
- equipment needed for playing certain games
- short for computer game
- style or ability in playing a game: he is a keen player but his game is not good
- a scheme, proceeding, etc, practised like a game: the game of politics
- an activity undertaken in a spirit of levity; joke: marriage is just a game to him
- wild animals, including birds and fish, hunted for sport, food, or profit
- (as modifier): game laws
- the flesh of such animals, used as food: generally taken not to include fish
- an object of pursuit; quarry; prey (esp in the phrase fair game)
- informal work or occupation
- informal a trick, strategy, or device: I can see through your little game
- obsolete pluck or courage; bravery
- slang chiefly Brit prostitution (esp in the phrase on the game)
- give the game away ⇒ to reveal one's intentions or a secret
- make game of, make a game of ⇒ to make fun of; ridicule; mock
- off one's game ⇒ playing badly
- on one's game ⇒ playing well
- play the game ⇒ to behave fairly or in accordance with rules
- the game is up ⇒ there is no longer a chance of success
- informal full of fighting spirit; plucky; brave
- game as Ned Kelly, as game as Ned Kelly ⇒ Austral informal extremely brave; indomitable
- (usually followed by for) informal prepared or ready; willing: I'm game for a try
Etymology: Old English gamen; related to Old Norse gaman, Old High German gaman amusementˈgameˌlike adj
- (intransitive) to play games of chance for money, stakes, etc; gamble
game /ɡeɪm/ adj
Etymology: 18th Century: probably from Irish cam crooked
- a less common word for lame: game leg
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