game

game

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English

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • AHD: /gām/
  • IPA(key): /ɡeɪm/
  • Rhymes: -eɪm

Noun

game (countable and uncountable, plural games)

  1. A playful or competitive activity.
    1. A playful activity that may be unstructured; an amusement or pastime.
    2. (countable) An activity described by a set of rules, especially for the purpose of entertainment, often competitive or having an explicit goal.
      • 1983, Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes, and Walon Green, WarGames, MGM/UA Entertainment Co.:
        Joshua: Shall we play a game?
    3. (countable) A particular instance of playing a game; match.
      • “I'm through with all pawn-games,” I laughed. “Come, let us have a game of lansquenet. Either I will take a farewell fall out of you or you will have your sevenfold revenge”.
    4. That which is gained, such as the stake in a game.
    5. The number of points necessary to win a game.
    6. (card games) In some games, a point awarded to the player whose cards add up to the largest sum.
    7. (countable) The equipment that enables such activity, particularly as packaged under a title.
    8. One's manner, style, or performance in playing a game.
      • 1951, J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, chapter 11:
        I played golf with her that same afternoon. She lost eight balls, I remember. Eight. I had a terrible time getting her to at least open her eyes when she took a swing at the ball. I improved her game immensely, though.
    9. (obsolete, uncountable) An amorous dalliance.
  2. (countable) A video game.
  3. (countable, informal, nearly always singular) A field of gainful activity, as an industry or profession.
  4. (countable, figuratively) Something that resembles a game with rules, despite not being designed.
    • I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, straining upon the start. The game’s afoot!
    • “I'm through with all pawn-games,” I laughed. “Come, let us have a game of lansquenet. Either I will take a farewell fall out of you or you will have your sevenfold revenge”.
  5. (countable, military) An exercise simulating warfare, whether computerized or involving human participants.
  6. (uncountable) Wild animals hunted for food.
  7. (uncountable, informal, used mostly of males) The ability to seduce someone, usually by strategy.
    • Nate Dogg, She's Strange (song)
      She's strange, so strange, but I didn't complain. She said yes to me when I ran my game.
  8. (uncountable, slang) Mastery; the ability to excel at something.
  9. (countable) A questionable or unethical practice in pursuit of a goal; a scheme.
    • Your murderous game is nearly up.
    • It was obviously Lord Macaulay's game to blacken the greatest literary champion of the cause he had set himself to attack.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:game
  • (synonyms to be checked): pastime, play, recreation, frolic, sport, diversion, fun, amusement, merriment, festivity, entertainment, spree, prank, lark, gambol, merrymaking, gaiety
  • (instance of gameplay): match
  • (field of gainful activity): line
  • (military): wargame
  • (business or occupation): racket
  • (questionable practices): racket

Antonyms

  • (antonyms to be checked): drudgery, work, toil

Derived terms

Descendants

  • Japanese: ゲーム (​gēmu)
  • Welsh: gêm

Translations

Adjective

game (comparative gamer, superlative gamest)

  1. (colloquial) Willing to participate.
  2. (of 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.
  4. Injured, lame (of a limb).
    • around 1900, O. Henry, Lost on Dress Parade
      You come with me and we'll have a cozy dinner and a pleasant talk together, and by that time your game ankle will carry you home very nicely, I am sure."

Synonyms

  • (willing to participate): sporting, willing, daring, disposed, favorable, nervy, courageous, valiant

Antonyms

  • (willing to participate): cautious, disinclined

Translations

Verb

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

  1. (intransitive) To gamble.
  2. (intransitive) To play video games.
  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.
    • 2005, "Picking up the pieces", The Economist, 6 October 2005:
      Returning briefly to his journalistic persona to interview Britney Spears, he finds himself gaming her, and she gives him her phone number.
    • 2010, Mystery, The Pickup Artist: The New and Improved Art of Seduction, Villard Books (2010), →ISBN, page 100:
      A business associate of mine at the time, George Wu, sat across the way, gaming a stripper the way I taught him.
    • 2010, Sheila McClear, "Would you date a pickup artist?", New York Post, 9 July 2010:
      How did Amanda know she wasn’t getting gamed? Well, she didn’t. “I would wonder, ‘Is he saying stuff to other girls that he says to me?’ We did everything we could to cut it off . . . yet we somehow couldn’t.”

Derived terms

  • game the system
  • gamer

Translations

See also

  • game on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • mage, mega, mega-

Dutch

Pronunciation

Verb

game

  1. first-person singular present indicative of gamen
  2. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of gamen
  3. imperative of gamen

Portuguese

Etymology 1

Borrowed from English game.

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈɡejm/, /ˈɡej.mi/

Noun

game m (plural games)

  1. (Brazil, slang) electronic game (game played on a electronic device, such as a computer game, a video game or the like)
Quotations

For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:game.

See also
  • jogo

Etymology 2

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈɡɐ.mi/

Verb

game

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of gamar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of gamar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of gamar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of gamar

Spanish

Noun

game m (plural games)

  1. (tennis) game

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