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Meaning of game by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English game, gamen, gammen, from Old English gamen ( “sport, joy, mirth, pastime, game, amusement, pleasure” ), from Proto-Germanic *gamanan ( “amusement, pleasure, game", literally "participation, communion, people together” ), from *ga- ( collective prefix ) + *mann- ( “man” ), equivalent to ge- +‎ man; or alternatively from *ga- + a root from Proto-Indo-European *men- ( “to think, have in mind” ), equivalent to ge- +‎ mind. Cognate with Middle High German gamen ( “joy, amusement, fun, pleasure” ), Swedish gamman ( “mirth, rejoicing, merriment” ), Icelandic gaman ( “fun” ). Related to gammon, gamble .


    • AHD: /gām/
    • IPA: /ɡeɪm/, X-SAMPA: /geIm/
    • Rhymes: -eɪm


    game ( countable and uncountable; plural: games )

    1. ( countable ) A pursuit or activity with rules performed either alone or with others, for the purpose of entertainment. In many games, the objective is to win by defeating the other player or players or being the first to reach a specified goal, while in others, role-playing or cooperation is emphasized .
      Shall we play a game?
    2. ( countable, sports ) A contest between two individuals or teams. A game may refer to the entire encounter between the two ( e.g. a basketball game ), or to just one contest of several required to win ( e.g. a tennis game ) .
    3. ( countable, military ) An exercise simulating warfare for the purpose of training personnel, testing combat readiness, or to better understand various possible outcomes of various strategies or tactics. The exercise may involve human participants, or it may be simulated, often with the aid of computers .
    4. ( uncountable ) Wild animals hunted for food .
      The forest has plenty of game .
    5. ( countable, nearly always singular ) A field of gainful activity, as an industry or profession .
      When it comes to making sales, John is the best in the game .
      He's in the securities game somehow .
    6. ( uncountable, informal, used mostly of males ) The ability to successfully seduce someone into a romantic or sexual relationship, usually achieved by pre-meditated strategy .
      He didn't get anywhere with her because he had no game .
    7. ( countable ) One or more questionable, unethical, or illegal practices .




    • See also Wikisaurus:game


    game ( comparative gamer, superlative gamest )

    1. ( colloquial ) Willing to participate.
    2. ( of an animal ) An animal that shows a tendency to continue to fight against another animal, despite being wounded, often severely .
    3. Persistent, especially in senses similar to the above .




    game ( third-person singular simple present games present participle gaming, simple past and past participle gamed )

    1. ( intransitive ) To gamble .
    2. ( intransitive ) To play games and be a gamer .
    3. ( transitive ) To exploit loopholes in a system or bureaucracy in a way which defeats or nullifies the spirit of the rules in effect, usually to obtain a result which otherwise would be unobtainable .
      We'll bury them in paperwork, and game the system .
    4. ( transitive, slang, of males ) To perform premeditated seduction strategy.

    Derived terms

    See also

    • play


Explanation of game by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. place a bet on

    1. willing to face danger

    2. disabled in the feet or legs

    3. a game leg
    1. an amusement or pastime

    2. they played word games
      he thought of his painting as a game that filled his empty time
      his life was all fun and games
    3. a contest with rules to determine a winner

    4. you need four people to play this game
    5. a single play of a sport or other contest

    6. the game lasted two hours
    7. frivolous or trifling behavior

    8. for actors, memorizing lines is no game
      for him, life is all fun and games
    9. your occupation or line of work

    10. he's in the plumbing game
    11. animal hunted for food or sport

    12. the game equipment needed in order to play a particular game

    13. the child received several games for his birthday
    14. a secret scheme to do something ( especially something underhand or illegal )

    15. I saw through his little game from the start
    16. the flesh of wild animals that is used for food

    17. the score at a particular point or the score needed to win

    18. the game is 6 all
      he is serving for the game
    19. a division of play during which one player serves

    Definition of game by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Game a. [Cf. W. cam crooked, and E. gambol, n.] Crooked; lame; as, “a game leg”. [Colloq.]

    2. Game, n. [OE. game, gamen, AS. gamen, gomen, play, sport; akin to OS., OHG., & Icel. gaman, Dan. gammen mirth, merriment, OSw. gamman joy. Cf. Gammon a game, Backgammon, Gamble v. i.]
      1. Sport of any kind; jest, frolic.

      We have had pastimes here, and pleasant game. Shak.

      2. A contest, physical or mental, according to certain rules, for amusement, recreation, or for winning a stake; as, “a game of chance; games of skill; field games, etc.”

      But war's a game, which, were their subject wise,

      Kings would not play at. Cowper.

      ☞ Among the ancients, especially the Greeks and Romans, there were regularly recurring public exhibitions of strength, agility, and skill under the patronage of the government, usually accompanied with religious ceremonies. Such were the Olympic, the Pythian, the Nemean, and the Isthmian games.

      3. The use or practice of such a game; a single match at play; a single contest; as, “a game at cards”.

      Talk the game o'er between the deal. Lloyd.

      4. That which is gained, as the stake in a game; also, the number of points necessary to be scored in order to win a game; as, “in short whist five points are game”.

      5. ( Card Playing ) In some games, a point credited on the score to the player whose cards counts up the highest.

      6. A scheme or art employed in the pursuit of an object or purpose; method of procedure; projected line of operations; plan; project.

      Your murderous game is nearly up. Blackw. Mag.

      It was obviously Lord Macaulay's game to blacken the greatest literary champion of the cause he had set himself to attack. Saintsbury.

      7. Animals pursued and taken by sportsmen; wild meats designed for, or served at, table.

      Those species of animals . . . distinguished from the rest by the well-known appellation of game. Blackstone.

      Confidence game. See under Confidence. -- To make game of, to make sport of; to mock. Milton.

    3. Game, a.
      1. Having a resolute, unyielding spirit, like the gamecock; ready to fight to the last; plucky.

      I was game . . . .I felt that I could have fought even to the death. W. Irving.

      2. Of or pertaining to such animals as are hunted for game, or to the act or practice of hunting.

      Game bag, a sportsman's bag for carrying small game captured; also, the whole quantity of game taken. -- Game bird, any bird commonly shot for food, esp. grouse, partridges, quails, pheasants, wild turkeys, and the shore or wading birds, such as plovers, snipe, woodcock, curlew, and sandpipers. The term is sometimes arbitrarily restricted to birds hunted by sportsmen, with dogs and guns. -- Game egg, an egg producing a gamecock. -- Game laws, laws regulating the seasons and manner of taking game for food or for sport. -- Game preserver, a land owner who regulates the killing of game on his estate with a view to its increase. [Eng.] -- To be game. To show a brave, unyielding spirit. To be victor in a game. [Colloq.] -- To die game, to maintain a bold, unyielding spirit to the last; to die fighting.

    4. Game ( gām ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gamed ( gāmd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Gaming.] [OE. gamen, gameen, to rejoice, AS. gamenian to play. See Game, n.]
      1. To rejoice; to be pleased; -- often used, in Old English, impersonally with dative. [Obs.]

      God loved he best with all his whole hearte

      At alle times, though him gamed or smarte. Chaucer.

      2. To play at any sport or diversion.

      3. To play for a stake or prize; to use cards, dice, billiards, or other instruments, according to certain rules, with a view to win money or some other thing waged upon the issue of the contest; to gamble.