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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Game
Crooked; lame; as, a game leg.

Etymology: Cf. W. cam crooked, and E. gambol (n.)

noun Game
  1. Sport of any kind; jest, frolic."We have had pastimes here, and pleasant game." [Shak.]
  2. A contest, physical or mental, according to certain rules, for amusement, recreation, or for winning a stake; as, a game of chance; games of skill; field games, etc. "But war's a game, which, were their subject wise, Kings would not play at." [Cowper.]
  3. The use or practice of such a game; a single match at play; a single contest; as, a game at cards."Talk the game o'er between the deal." [Lloyd.]
  4. That which is gained, as the stake in a game; also, the number of points necessary to be scored in order to win a game; as, in short whist five points are game .
  5. [Card Playing] In some games, a point credited on the score to the player whose cards counts up the highest.
  6. A scheme or art employed in the pursuit of an object or purpose; method of procedure; projected line of operations; plan; project."Your murderous game is nearly up." [Blackw. Mag.]"It was obviously Lord Macaulay's game to blacken the greatest literary champion of the cause he had set himself to attack." [Saintsbury.]
  7. Animals pursued and taken by sportsmen; wild meats designed for, or served at, table."Those species of animals . . . distinguished from the rest by the well-known appellation of game." [Blackstone.]

Note: ☞ Among the ancients, especially the Greeks and Romans, there were regularly recurring public exhibitions of strength, agility, and skill under the patronage of the government, usually accompanied with religious ceremonies. Such were the Olympic, the Pythian, the Nemean, and the Isthmian games.

Etymology: OE. game gamen, AS. gamen gomen, play, sport; akin to OS., OHG., & Icel. gaman, Dan. gammen mirth, merriment, OSw. gamman joy. Cf. Gammon a game, Backgammon Gamble (v. i.)

adjective Game
  1. Having a resolute, unyielding spirit, like the gamecock; ready to fight to the last; plucky."I was game . . . .I felt that I could have fought even to the death." [W. Irving.]
  2. Of or pertaining to such animals as are hunted for game, or to the act or practice of hunting.
verb Game
  1. To rejoice; to be pleased; -- often used, in Old English, impersonally with dative.(Obs)"God loved he best with all his whole hearte At alle times, though him gamed or smarte." [Chaucer.]
  2. To play at any sport or diversion.
  3. To play for a stake or prize; to use cards, dice, billiards, or other instruments, according to certain rules, with a view to win money or some other thing waged upon the issue of the contest; to gamble.

Etymology: OE. gamen game�en, to rejoice, AS. gamenian to play. See Game (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An amusement or pastime ("they played word games", "he thought of his painting as a game that filled his empty time", and "his life was all fun and games")
  2. A contest with rules to determine a winner ("you need four people to play this game")
  3. A single play of a sport or other contest ("the game lasted two hours")
  4. Frivolous or trifling behavior ("for actors, memorizing lines is no game" and "for him, life is all fun and games")
  5. Your occupation or line of work ("he's in the plumbing game")
  6. Animal hunted for food or sport
  7. The game equipment needed in order to play a particular game ("the child received several games for his birthday")
  8. A secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal) ("I saw through his little game from the start")
  9. The flesh of wild animals that is used for food
  10. (games) the score at a particular point or the score needed to win ("the game is 6 all" and "he is serving for the game")
  11. (tennis) a division of play during which one player serves
  12. Place a bet on
  13. Willing to face danger
  14. Disabled in the feet or legs ("a game leg")

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”); or alternatively from *ga- + a root from Proto-Indo-European *men- (“to think, have in mind”). Cognate with Middle High German gamen (“joy, amusement, fun, pleasure”), Swedish gamman (“mirth, rejoicing, merriment”), Icelandic gaman (“fun”). Related to gammon, gamble.

  1. A playful or competitive activity.
    1. A playful activity that may be unstructured; an amusement or pastime.
      Being a child is all fun and .
    2. (countable) An activity described by a set of rules, especially for the purpose of entertainment, often competitive or having an explicit goal.
      in the classroom can make learning fun.
    3. (countable) A particular instance of playing a game; .
      Sally won the .
      They can turn the around in the second half.
    4. That which is gained, such as the stake in a game.
    5. The number of points necessary to win a game.
      In short whist, five points are .
    6. (card games) In some games, a point awarded to the player whose cards add up to the largest sum.
    7. (countable) The equipment that enables such activity, particularly as packaged under a title.
      Some of the in the closet we have on the computer as well.
    8. One's manner, style, or performance in playing a game.
      Study can help your of chess.
      Hit the gym if you want to toughen up your .
  2. (countable) A video game.
  3. (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 .
    He's in the securities somehow.
  4. (countable, figuratively) Something that resembles a game with rules, despite not being designed.
    In the of life, you may find yourself playing the waiting far too often.
  5. (countable, military) An exercise simulating warfare, whether computerized or involving human participants.
  6. (uncountable) Wild animals hunted for food.
    The forest has plenty of .
  7. (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 .
  8. (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 was also found in the following language(s): Dutch and Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Game

Zeus is a hip hop music rapping, songwriter, and businessperson. He has been prominent since 2005. Zeus was given the name Game Gaobaone Bantsi on July 22nd, 1986 in Serowe, Botswana.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Game

The Game is a hip hop music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to present. The was given the name Jayceon Terrell Taylor on November 29th, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


Sir Philip Game was a Governor of New South Wales and Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. His military service ended in 1929. Philip was born on March 20th, 1876 in Streatham. He passed away on February 4th, 1961.


Marion Game is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to present. Marion was born on July 31st, 1942 in Casablanca.


Kirk Game is a soccer player for the Southend United F.C., Colchester United F.C., Dartford F.C., Chelmsford City F.C., Heybridge Swifts F.C., Dagenham & Redbridge F.C., Billericay Town F.C., Braintree Town F.C., and England national under-16 football team. Kirk was born on October 22nd, 1966 in Rochford.


William was born on October 2nd, 1853. He breathed his last breath on August 11th, 1932.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Game U.S.
  White 68.40% 64.26%
  African American 3.46% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.98% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 23.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Game

People with the last name Game are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Game

  • How Popular is the name Game? As a last name Game was the 51,396th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Game first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Game is Thursday, October 10th, 1872.
  • How unique is the name Game? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Game. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Game: Your name in reverse order is Emag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Gaem. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Game? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 405 people with the last name Game.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Game? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Game as their last name since less than 1 person in 714k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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