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Dictionary Definition

game adj
1 disabled in the feet or legs; "a crippled soldier"; "a game leg" [syn: crippled, halt, halting, lame]
2 willing to face danger [syn: gamy, gamey, gritty, mettlesome, spirited, spunky]


1 a single play of a game; "the game lasted 2 hours"
2 a contest with rules to determine a winner; "you need four people to play this game"
3 an amusement or pastime; "they played word games"; "he thought of his painting as a game that filled his empty time"; "his life was all fun and games"
4 animal hunted for food or sport
5 the game equipment needed to play a game; "the child received several games for his birthday"
6 your occupation or line of work; "he's in the plumbing game"; "she's in show biz" [syn: biz]
7 (games) the score at a particular point or the score needed to win; "the game is 6 all"; "he is serving for the game"
8 the flesh of wild animals that is used for food
9 a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal); "they concocted a plot to discredit the governor"; "I saw through his little game from the start" [syn: plot, secret plan]
10 frivolous or trifling behavior; "for actors, memorizing lines is no game"; "for him, life is all fun and games" v : place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting on the new horse" [syn: bet on, back, gage, stake, punt]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • AHD: /gām/
  • IPA: /ɡeɪm/
  • SAMPA: /geIm/
  • Rhymes: -eɪm


  1. A pursuit or activity with rules performed either alone or with others, for the purpose of entertainment.
    Shall we play a game?
  2. (in plural games) Sport played in a lesson at school.
  3. Wild animals hunted for food.
    The forest has plenty of game.
  4. The entire being of an industry, activity or profession.
    When it comes to making sales, John is the best in the game.
pursuit or activity for entertainment
sport played in a lesson at school
wild animals hunted for food


  1. Willing to participate. (No or .)
    I'm game, would you like to tell me how [to do that]? - From the computer game Adventure''.
  2. Having the slightly unpleasant taste of game (hunted wildlife.)


willing to participate
taste of wildlife


  1. To gamble.
  2. To play games and be a gamer.
  3. To use a system or bureaucracy in a way which defeats or nullifies the rules in effect, usually to obtain a result which otherwise would be unobtainable.
    We'll bury them in paperwork, and game the system.

Derived terms


to gamble See gamble
to defeat the rules in order to obtain a result


See also

Extensive Definition

seealso List of types of games A game is a structured or semi-structured activity, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes also used as an educational tool. Games are generally distinct from work, which is usually carried out for remuneration, and from art, which is more concerned with the expression of ideas. However, the distinction is not clear-cut, and many games are also considered to be work or art.
Key components of games are goals, rules, challenge, and interactivity. Games generally involve mental or physical stimulation, and often both. Many games help develop practical skills, serve as a form of exercise, or otherwise perform an educational, simulational or psychological role.
Known to have been played as far back as the 30th century BC, games are a universal part of human experience and present in all cultures. The Royal Game of Ur, Senet and Mancala are some of the oldest known games.


commons Game
Main list: List of basic game topics

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Notes and references

game in Arabic: لعب
game in Aragonese: Chuego
game in Asturian: Xuegu
game in Breton: C'hoarioù
game in Bulgarian: Игра
game in Catalan: Joc
game in Chuvash: Вăйă
game in Czech: Hra
game in Danish: Spil (leg)
game in German: Spiel
game in Estonian: Mäng
game in Modern Greek (1453-): Παιχνίδι
game in Spanish: Juego
game in Esperanto: Ludo
game in Basque: Joko
game in Persian: بازی
game in Faroese: Spæl
game in French: Jeu
game in Friulian: Zûc
game in Irish: Cluiche
game in Galician: Xogo
game in Korean: 놀이
game in Hindi: खेल
game in Croatian: Igra
game in Ido: Ludo
game in Indonesian: Permainan
game in Inuktitut: ᐄᒐᑕᐃᕕᑦᓴᐃᑦ/iigataivitsait
game in Icelandic: Spil
game in Italian: Gioco
game in Hebrew: משחק
game in Kara-Kalpak: Oyın
game in Georgian: თამაში
game in Ladino: Juego
game in Lao: ເກມ
game in Latin: Ludus
game in Lithuanian: Žaidimas
game in Limburgan: Sjpel
game in Hungarian: Játék (pszichológia)
game in Macedonian: Игра
game in Malay (macrolanguage): Permainan
game in Dutch: Spel
game in Japanese: ゲーム
game in Norwegian: Spill
game in Norwegian Nynorsk: Spel
game in Narom: Gamme
game in Low German: Speel
game in Polish: Gra
game in Portuguese: Jogo
game in Romanian: Joc
game in Quechua: Pukllay
game in Russian: Игра
game in Sicilian: Jòcura
game in Simple English: Game
game in Slovak: Hra
game in Slovenian: Igra
game in Serbian: Игра
game in Serbo-Croatian: Igra
game in Sundanese: Kaulinan
game in Finnish: Peli
game in Swedish: Spel
game in Tagalog: Laro
game in Thai: เกม
game in Turkish: Oyun (anlam)
game in Ukrainian: Гра
game in Venetian: Zugo
game in Waray (Philippines): Uyag
game in Samogitian: Žaidėms
game in Chinese: 游戏

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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