WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
game1 /geɪm/USA pronunciation
n., adj., gam•er, gam•est.
Games[countable] an amusement or pastime:children's games; card games.
Games[countable] the equipment for a game: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[countable] a single occasion of such an activity:a hockey game.
Games[uncountable] the number of points required to win a game:Game in table tennis is normally 21 points.
Games[countable] the score at a particular stage in a game:The game was seven to six at that point.
Games[countable] a particular manner or style of playing a game:He plays a fierce game.
[countable] something resembling a game, as in requiring skill or endurance:the game of diplomacy.
Informal Terms[countable][Informal.]a business or professional activity:He's in the real-estate game.
[countable] a trick or strategy:We saw through his game.
[countable] fun; sport;
joke: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.
[uncountable] any object of pursuit, attack, abuse, etc.:Any new student is fair game for the school bully.
[before a noun] relating to animals viewed as game: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.
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
'game' also found in these entries: