Gams



[gam] /gæm/

noun, Slang.
1.
a person’s leg, especially an attractive female leg.
[gam] /gæm/
noun
1.
a herd or school of whales.
2.
Eastern New England, Nautical. a social meeting, visit, or the like, as between whaling vessels at sea.
verb (used without object), gammed, gamming.
3.
(of whales) to assemble into a herd or school.
4.
Nautical. (of the officers and crews of two whaling vessels) to visit or converse with one another for social purposes.
5.
Eastern New England. to participate in a gam or social visit.
/ɡæm/
noun
1.
a school of whales
2.
(nautical) an informal visit between crew members of whalers
3.
(NZ) a flock of large sea birds
verb gams, gamming, gammed
4.
(intransitive) (of whales) to form a school
5.
(nautical) (of members of the crews of whalers) to visit (each other) informally
6.
(transitive) (US) to visit or exchange visits with
/ɡæm/
noun
1.
(slang) a leg, esp a woman’s shapely leg
n.

“legs,” 1781, low slang, probably the same word as gamb “leg of an animal on a coat of arms” (1727) and ultimately from Middle English gamb “leg,” from Old North French (see gammon). Now, in American English slang, especially with reference to well-formed legs of pretty women, but this was not the original sense.
n.

“a leg,” 1781, see gams.

noun

A social visit; party (1893+)

verb

[origin unknown; perhaps fr nautical use, ”a meeting of whaling ships at sea, with attendant talk and exchange of news” found by 1850; perhaps fr 18th-century gammon, ”talk, chatter”; probably ultimately fr Middle English gamon, ”to play, frolic”]

noun

A leg, esp a woman’s leg •Most often in the plural: regarding her superb gams with affection/ Gavilan has spindly gams, a thin neck, and a wasp waist

[1781+; perhaps fr Northern French gambe, ”leg”]

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