Meaning of GAME in English

I. ˈgām noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English gamen; akin to Old High German gaman amusement

Date: before 12th century



(1) : activity engaged in for diversion or amusement : play

(2) : the equipment for a game

b. : often derisive or mocking jesting : fun , sport

make game of a nervous player


a. : a procedure or strategy for gaining an end : tactic

b. : an illegal or shady scheme or maneuver : racket



(1) : a physical or mental competition conducted according to rules with the participants in direct opposition to each other

(2) : a division of a larger contest

(3) : the number of points necessary to win

(4) : points scored in certain card games (as in all fours) by a player whose cards count up the highest

(5) : the manner of playing in a contest

(6) : the set of rules governing a game

(7) : a particular aspect or phase of play in a game or sport

a football team's kicking game

b. plural : organized athletics


(1) : a field of gainful activity : line

the newspaper game

(2) : any activity undertaken or regarded as a contest involving rivalry, strategy, or struggle

the dating game

the game of politics

also : the course or period of such an activity

got into aviation early in the game

(3) : area of expertise : specialty 3

comedy is not my game



(1) : animals under pursuit or taken in hunting ; especially : wild animals hunted for sport or food

(2) : the flesh of game animals

b. archaic : pluck

c. : a target or object especially of ridicule or attack — often used in the phrase fair game

Synonyms: see fun

• game·like -līk adjective

II. verb

( gamed ; gam·ing )

Date: 1512

intransitive verb

: to play for a stake

transitive verb

1. archaic : to lose or squander by gambling

2. : to take dishonest advantage of : cheat

game the tax system

III. adjective

Date: 1610


a. : having or showing a resolute unyielding spirit

game to the end

b. : willing or ready to proceed

were game for anything

2. : of or relating to game

game laws

• game·ly adverb

• game·ness noun

IV. adjective

Etymology: origin unknown

Date: circa 1787

: lame

a game leg

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.