an amusement or pastime:
the material or equipment used in playing certain games:
a store selling toys and games.
a competitive activity involving skill, chance, or endurance on the part of two or more persons who play according to a set of rules, usually for their own amusement or for that of spectators.
a single occasion of such an activity, or a definite portion of one:
the final game of the season; a rubber of three games at bridge.
the number of points required to win a game.
the score at a particular stage in a game:
With five minutes to play, the game was 7 to 0.
a particular manner or style of playing a game:
Her game of chess is improving.
anything resembling a game, as in requiring skill, endurance, or adherence to rules:
the game of diplomacy.
a trick or strategy:
to see through someone’s game.
fun; sport of any kind; joke:
That’s about enough of your games.
wild animals, including birds and fishes, such as are hunted for food or taken for sport or profit.
the flesh of such wild animals or other game, used as food:
a dish of game.
any object of pursuit, attack, abuse, etc.:
The new boy at school seemed to be fair game for practical jokers.
Informal. a business or profession:
He’s in the real-estate game.
Archaic. fighting spirit; pluck.
adjective, gamer, gamest.
pertaining to or composed of animals hunted or taken as game or to their flesh.
having a fighting spirit; plucky.
Informal. having the required spirit or will (often followed by for or an infinitive):
Who’s game for a hike through the woods?
verb (used without object), gamed, gaming.
to play games of chance for stakes; gamble.
verb (used with object), gamed, gaming.
to squander in gaming (usually followed by away).
make game of, to make fun of; ridicule:
to make game of the weak and defenseless.
off (or on) one’s game,
play games, to act in an evasive, deceitful, manipulative, or trifling manner in dealing with others:
Don’t play games with me—I want to know if you love me or not!
play the game, Informal.
courage or bravery; pluck
an amusement or pastime; diversion
a contest with rules, the result being determined by skill, strength, or chance
a single period of play in such a contest, sport, etc
the score needed to win a contest
a single contest in a series; match
(pl; often capital) an event consisting of various sporting contests, esp in athletics: Olympic Games, Highland Games
equipment needed for playing certain games
short for computer game
style or ability in playing a game: he is a keen player but his game is not good
a scheme, proceeding, etc, practised like a game: the game of politics
an activity undertaken in a spirit of levity; joke: marriage is just a game to him
the flesh of such animals, used as food: generally taken not to include fish
an object of pursuit; quarry; prey (esp in the phrase fair game)
(informal) work or occupation
(informal) a trick, strategy, or device: I can see through your little game
(obsolete) pluck or courage; bravery
(slang, mainly Brit) prostitution (esp in the phrase on the game)
give the game away, to reveal one’s intentions or a secret
make game of, make a game of, to make fun of; ridicule; mock
off one’s game, playing badly
on one’s game, playing well
play the game, to behave fairly or in accordance with rules
the game is up, there is no longer a chance of success
(informal) full of fighting spirit; plucky; brave
(Austral, informal) game as Ned Kelly, as game as Ned Kelly, extremely brave; indomitable
(usually foll by for) (informal) prepared or ready; willing: I’m game for a try
(intransitive) to play games of chance for money, stakes, etc; gamble
a less common word for lame1 game leg
Old English gamen “game, joy, fun, amusement,” common Germanic (cf. Old Frisian game “joy, glee,” Old Norse gaman, Old Saxon, Old High German gaman “sport, merriment,” Danish gamen, Swedish gamman “merriment”), regarded as identical with Gothic gaman “participation, communion,” from Proto-Germanic *ga- collective prefix + *mann “person,” giving a sense of “people together.”
Meaning “contest played according to rules” is first attested c.1300. Sense of “wild animals caught for sport” is late 13c.; hence fair game (1825), also gamey. Game plan is 1941, from U.S. football; game show first attested 1961.
“lame,” 1787, from north Midlands dialect, of unknown origin, perhaps a variant of gammy (tramps’ slang) “bad,” or from Old North French gambe “leg” (see gambol (n.)).
“brave, spirited,” 1725, especially in game-cock “bird for fighting,” from game (n.). Middle English had gamesome (adj.) “joyful, playful, sportive.”
Old English gamenian “to play, jest, joke;” see game (n.). Modern usages probably represent recent formations from the noun. Related: Gamed; gaming.
One’s occupation; business; racket: He’s in the computer game these days (1860s+)
ahead of the game, badger game, ball game, con game, floating crap game, the name of the game, on one’s game, play games, skin game, a whole new ball game, a whole ‘nother
noun 1. a game in which the outcome is determined by chance rather than by the skill of its players, as roulette.
- Game of life
noun human existence seen as similar to a competitive game Examples Sometimes each of us feels we are losing the game of life. Word Origin 1719 Usage Note used with “the”
noun 1. a game in which the outcome is determined by skill rather than by chance, as chess.
- Game over
interjection something has ended unsuccessfully Examples You flubbed it. Game over! noun something that has ended unsuccessfully Examples If we don’t make it this time, it’s game over. Word Origin from the ending text of many arcade and video games interjection Something has ended unsuccessfully: Our relationship? Game over [fr the ending text of many […]