Two children play a game of checkers.
- An example of a game is basketball.
- An example of a game is poker or go fish.
- An example of a game is the board, houses and other parts of Monopoly.
- any form of play or way of playing; amusement; recreation; sport; frolic; play
- any specific contest, engagement, amusement, computer simulation, or sport involving physical or mental competition under specific rules, as football, chess, or war games
- a single contest in such a competition: to win two out of three games
- Tennis a subdivision of a set (), consisting of a series of at least four consecutive serves by a single player
- a subdivision of any of certain other contests
- the number of points required for winning: the game is 25
- the score at any given point in a competition: at the half the game was 7 to 6
- that which is gained by winning; victory; win
- a set of equipment for a competitive amusement: to sell toys and games
- a way or quality of playing in competition: to play a good game
- any test of skill, courage, or endurance: the game of life
- a project; scheme; plan: to see through another's game
- wild birds or animals hunted for sport or for use as food
- the flesh of such creatures used as food
- fair game (sense )
- Informal a business or vocation, esp. one with an element of risk: the stock-market game
Origin of gameMiddle English ; from Old English gamen, akin to Old Frisian game, Old High German gaman ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form gwhemb-, to leap merrily
- to play cards, etc. for stakes; gamble
- to play computer or video games
- designating or of wild birds or animals hunted for sport or for use as food
- gam′er, gam′est
- plucky; courageous
- having enough spirit or enthusiasm; ready (for something)
ahead of the game⌂
make game of
off one's game
play the gameInformal
- to act according to the rules of a game
- to behave as fairness or custom requires
the game is up
Origin of game; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin of gameOrigin unknown.
- An activity providing entertainment or amusement; a pastime: party games; word games.
- a. A competitive activity or sport in which players contend with each other according to a set of rules: the game of basketball; the game of gin rummy.b. A single instance of such an activity: We lost the first game.c. games An organized athletic program or contest: track-and-field games; took part in the winter games.d. A period of competition or challenge: It was too late in the game to change the schedule of the project.
- a. The total number of points required to win a game: One hundred points is game in bridge.b. The score accumulated at any given time in a game: The game is now 14 to 12.
- The equipment needed for playing certain games: packed the children's games in the car.
- A particular style or manner of playing a game: improved my tennis game with practice.
- Informal a. An active interest or pursuit, especially one involving competitive engagement or adherence to rules: “the way the system operates, the access game, the turf game, the image game” (Hedrick Smith).b. A business or occupation; a line: the insurance game.c. An illegal activity; a racket.
- Informal a. Evasive, trifling, or manipulative behavior: wanted a straight answer, not more of their tiresome games.b. A calculated strategy or approach; a scheme: I saw through their game from the very beginning.
- Mathematics A model of a competitive situation that identifies interested parties and stipulates rules governing all aspects of the competition, used in game theory to determine the optimal course of action for an interested party.
- a. Wild mammals, birds, or fish hunted for food or sport.b. The flesh of these animals, eaten as food.
- a. An object of attack, ridicule, or pursuit: The press considered the candidate's indiscretions to be game.b. Mockery; sport: The older children teased and made game of the newcomer.
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- Plucky and unyielding in spirit; resolute: She put up a game fight against her detractors.
- Ready and willing: Are you game for a swim?
Origin of gameMiddle English, from Old English gamen.
(countable and uncountable, plural games)
- A playful activity that may be unstructured; an amusement or pastime.
- Being a child is all fun and games.
- (countable) An activity described by a set of rules, especially for the purpose of entertainment, often competitive or having an explicit goal.
- Games in the classroom can make learning fun.
- (countable) A particular instance of playing a game; match.
- Sally won the game.
- They can turn the game around in the second half.
- (countable) The equipment that enables such activity, particularly as packaged under a title.
- Some of the games in the closet we have on the computer as well.
- One's manner, style, or performance in playing a game.
- Study can help your game of chess.
- Hit the gym if you want to toughen up your game.
- (countable, informal, 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.
- (countable, figuratively) Something that resembles a game with rules, despite not being designed.
- In the game of life, you may find yourself playing the waiting game far too often.
- (countable, military) An exercise simulating warfare, whether computerized or involving human participants.
- (uncountable) Wild animals hunted for food.
- The forest has plenty of game.
- (uncountable, informal, used mostly of males) The ability to seduce someone, usually by strategy.
- He didn't get anywhere with her because he had no game.
- (countable) A questionable or unethical practice in pursuit of a goal; a scheme.
- You want to borrow my credit card for a week? What's your game?
- That which is gained, such as the stake in a game.
- The number of points necessary to win a game.
- In short whist, five points are game.
- (card games) In some games, a point awarded to the player whose cards add up to the largest sum.
(comparative gamer, superlative gamest)
- (colloquial) Willing to participate.
- (of an animal) That shows a tendency to continue to fight against another animal, despite being wounded, often severely.
- Persistent, especially in senses similar to the above.
- Injured, lame (of a limb).
(third-person singular simple present games, present participle gaming, simple past and past participle gamed)
- (intransitive) To gamble.
- (intransitive) To play games and be a gamer.
- 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.
- (slang, of males) To perform premeditated seduction strategy.
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”), 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.