Origin of backgammonback + gammon
Origin of backgammonback1 + gammon1.
- A board game for two players in which each has 15 stones which move between 24 triangular points according to the roll of a pair of dice; the object is to move all of one's pieces around, and bear them off the board.
- (backgammon) A victory in the game when the loser has not borne off a stone, and still has one or more stones in the winner's inner home row or on the bar.
(third-person singular simple present backgammons, present participle backgammoning, simple past and past participle backgammoned)
- To win at a backgammon game with the opponent having one or more pieces in the winner’s inner home row or on the bar.
Probably from back + Middle English, Old English gamen (“amusement”)