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(word root) marriage
Examples of words with the root -gamy: bigamy
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also gam·ey  (gā′mē)
adj. gam·i·er, gam·i·est
a. Having the flavor or odor of game, especially game that is slightly spoiled.
b. Ill-smelling; rank.
2. Showing an unyielding spirit; plucky: a gamy little mare that loved to run.
a. Corrupt; tainted: "those considerable forces in America that appear to be tired of the old politics (particularly the gamy municipal variety)" (Tom Wicker).
b. Sordid; seamy.
c. Sexually suggestive; racy.

gam′i·ly adv.
gam′i·ness n.
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or gam•ey

(ˈgeɪ mi)

adj. gam•i•er, gam•i•est.
1. having the tangy flavor of game, esp. game kept uncooked until slightly tainted: the gamy taste of venison.
2. malodorous; smelly.
3. plucky; spirited.
4. lewd or suggestive; risqué.
5. gross or squalid; unwholesome.
gam′i•ly, adv.
gam′i•ness, n.


a combining form with the meanings “marriage” ( exogamy), “union” ( syngamy), “fertilization” ( autogamy) of the kind specified by the initial element; also forming nouns corresponding to adjectives ending in -gamous (heterogamy).
[< Greek -gamia act of marrying]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.gamy - suggestive of sexual impropriety; "a blue movie"; "blue jokes"; "he skips asterisks and gives you the gamy details"; "a juicy scandal"; "a naughty wink"; "naughty words"; "racy anecdotes"; "a risque story"; "spicy gossip"
sexy - marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest; "feeling sexy"; "sexy clothes"; "sexy poses"; "a sexy book"; "sexy jokes"
2.gamy - (used of the smell of meat) smelling spoiled or tainted
3.gamy - willing to face dangergamy - willing to face danger    
brave, courageous - possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching; "Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver but less daring"- Herman Melville; "a frank courageous heart...triumphed over pain"- William Wordsworth; "set a courageous example by leading them safely into and out of enemy-held territory"
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adjnach Wild schmeckend; (= high)angegangen; gamy tasteWildgeschmack m; (= high)Hautgout m (geh), → angegangener Geschmack
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References in classic literature ?
jolly is the gale, And a joker is the whale, A' flourishin' his tail, -- Such a funny, sporty, gamy, jesty, joky, hoky-poky lad, is the Ocean, oh!
"Upon my word as a sportsman, those venison-steaks have a gamy flavor that's not to be sneezed at, I tell you."
Bera and his brother Gamy Hayre took over The Red Cow in 2010.
Body aromas can burst into a gamy bloom when bacteria enter the scene.
Thyme and cheese always pair well, but the sujuk pie was overwhelming thanks to its smoky saltiness and the basterma completely overpowered the cheese with its powerful, gamy flavor.
On the other hand, the vendors in the other or later deed were the Maniego brothers but at that time they were no longer the owners since they had long before disposed of the property in favor of Gamy and Day.
Eyewitness Azaam Gamy was walking past the property at around 2am when he described hearing a "huge bang".
Stwierdzono wystepowanie logicznie wyczerpujacej gamy reakcji na problem doswiadczania informacyjnej presji dotyczacej prowadzenia zdrowego stylu zycia.
THE LATER 1920S AND EARLY 1930S, however, were Wright's wilderness years; he was simply not in demand, with a gamy personal reputation and defiant singularity as a builder.
The fried wings from that first encounter a little over two years ago, made by the chef Justin Smillie, combined crisp skin, rich meat and gamy flavour emboldened by Asian seasonings.