NounGame (countable and uncountable; plural Games)
- (countable) A pursuit or activity with rules performed either alone or with others, for the purpose of entertainment. In many games, the objective is to win by defeating the other player or players or being the first to reach a specified goal, while in others, role-playing or cooperation is emphasized.
- Shall we play a game?
- (sports) A contest between two individuals or teams. A game may refer to the entire encounter between the two (e.g. a basketball game), or to just one contest of several required to win (e.g. a tennis game).
- (military) An exercise simulating warfare for the purpose of training personnel, testing combat readiness, or to better understand various possible outcomes of various strategies or tactics. The exercise may involve human participants, or it may be simulated, often with the aid of computers.
- (uncountable) Wild animals hunted for food.
- The forest has plenty of game.
- (countable) The entire being of an industry, activity or profession.
- When it comes to making sales, John is the best in the game.
- (informal, used mostly of males) The ability to successfully seduce someone into a romantic relationship, usually achieved by pre-meditated strategy.
- He didn't get anywhere with her because he had no game.
- (activity performed for entertainment): pastime, play, recreation, frolic, sport, diversion, fun, amusement, merriment, festivity, entertainment, spree, prank, lark, gambol, merrymaking, gaiety
- (military): wargame
- (activity performed for entertainment): drudgery, work, toil, sadness, labor, uneasiness, grief, sorrow
- See also Thesaurus:game
- (colloquial) Willing to participate.
- I'm game, would you like to tell me how [to do that]? - From the computer game Adventure.
- (of an animal) An animal that shows a tendency to continue to fight against another animal, despite being wounded, often severely.
- (willing to participate): sporting, willing, daring, disposed, favorable, nervy, courageous, valiant
- (intransitive) To gamble.
- (intransitive) To play games and be a gamer.
- (transitive) 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.
- (transitive, slang, of males) To perform premeditated seduction strategy.
- 2011, "Citizen Renegade", Winning Back Pissed Off Ex-Girlfriend:
- An angry ex can be gamed into a hatefuck, but an indifferent ex is already hopping on fresh cock.
- 2011, "Citizen Renegade", Winning Back Pissed Off Ex-Girlfriend:
Adjectives for Game
mocking; dangerous; toilsome; impious; heroic; risky; thrilling; open; intricate; formidable; tedious; shut; attractive; daily; mimic; impassioned; unmeaning; poetic; lawful; Olympic; card; disappearing; contested; skillful; endless; arrayed; high-powered; intellectual; bickering; strenuous; political; national; cordial; nobler; entrancing; tight; overtime; professional; heated.
Verbs for Game
announce—; cheat in—; dabble at—; emerge from—; enjoy—; enliven—; enthuse (colloq.) over—; feature—; follow—; improve —; indulge in—; invent—; join in—; judge —; master—; practise—; referee—; quarrel at—; score—; share—; strive in—; view—; witness—; —amuses; —contents; —cripples; —delights; —diverts; —entertains; —enthralls; —excites; —stales; —tires; — wanes; —wearies.
Verbs for Game
bag—: thrall serve- cherish—; destroy—; ensnare—; en-by—; exterminate—; follow—; pre-—; prey upon—; relish—; rouse—; search for—; stalk—; trap—; view—; — abounds; —flees; —flourishes; —thrives; pursue—.
Animalia, Boston, Byzantine intrigues, Earl of Coventry, Monopoly, Olympic games, Olympics, Ping-Pong, Pit, Polish bank, Rugby, Russian bank, Scrabble, acquiescent, action, adventurous, agreeable, aim, alacritous, all fours, amenable, amusement, and fish, animal kingdom, animal life, animality, approach, archery, ardent, arrangement, art, artful dodge, artifice, aspic, association football, attack, baccarat, backgammon, backstairs influence, bad, badminton, bagatelle, ball, bandy, banker, barbecue, baseball, basketball, battledore and shuttlecock, beano, beasts, beasts of field, beasts of prey, beasts of venery, bet, big game, big time, billiards, bingo, birds, blackjack, blind, blueprint, blueprinting, bluff, boiled meat, bold, bouilli, bout, bowling, bowls, boxing, brag, brave, bridge, brute creation, bulldoggish, business, butt, by-end, by-purpose, byword, byword of reproach, cabal, calculation, call, calling, canasta, career, career building, careerism, casino, cast lots, castrated, cat, catch, cattle, charades, charting, chase, checkers, chess, chicanery, civet, climbing, collusion, commerce, commit, competition, compliant, complicity, complot, conception, concours, confederacy, connections, connivance, consenting, conspiracy, content, contest, contract, contract bridge, contrivance, contriving, cooperative, counterplot, coup, courageous, covin, craft, crambo, cribbage, cricket, crippled, croquet, curling, cut lots, cut the cards, cute trick, daring, dauntless, deals, decathlon, deceit, deep-laid plot, derby, derision, design, destination, device, devices, devil-may-care, disabled, discus, disposed, disposition, dissemble, dissimulate, distraction, diversion, docile, dodge, domestic animals, dominoes, double-header, doubles, draughts, draw lots, draw straws, dupe, eager, ecarte, emasculated, encounter, end, end in view, engagement, engineering, enterprise, enthusiastic, envisagement, euchre, event, expedient, fain, fair game, fake, fakement, faro, fauna, favorable, favorably disposed, favorably inclined, fearless, feign, feint, fencing, fetch, field, fight, figure of fun, figuring, finagling, final cause, finesse, fishing, five hundred, fives, flesh, flinch, fool, football, forcemeat, foresight, forethought, forward, foursome, frame-up, fright, frog, fun, fun and games, funmaking, furry creatures, gambit, gamble, games, games of chance, gamy, gazingstock, ghost, gimmick, gin, gin rummy, gliding, go, goal, goat, golf, good time, graphing, great fun, grift, gritty, ground plan, guidelines, gutsy, gutty, gymkhana, hachis, halt, halting, hamstrung, handball, handicapped, handicraft, hash, hearts, heroic, hide-and-seek, high old time, high time, high-spirited, hiking, hobbling, hockey, hopscotch, horseshoes, hunting, hurdling, ice hockey, idea, in the mind, in the mood, incapacitated, inclined, influence peddling, intention, intrepid, intrigue, intrigues, jacks, jackstones, jackstraws, jerky, jest, jestingstock, job, joint, joke, joust, jugged hare, jugglery, keno, kill, knavery, lacrosse, lame, lansquenet, laughingstock, laughs, lawn tennis, lay, layout, leapfrog, lifework, limping, line, line of business, line of work, lineup, little game, livestock, lobbying, lobbyism, long-range plan, loo, lot, lottery, lotto, lovely time, luging, machination, maimed, maneuver, maneuvering, manipulation, mapping, marbles, mark, master plan, match, match coins, matching, matrimony, meat, meet, meeting, menue viande, merels, method, methodology, metier, mettlesome, mince, minded, misrepresent, mission, mockery, monkey, monte, motorcycling, mountaineering, move, mumble-the-peg, mystery, napoleon, nervy, ninepins, number, object, object in mind, objective, occupation, old maid, ombre, operations research, organization, pall-mall, pallone, pastime, patience, pelota, pemmican, penny ante, pentathlon, pertinacious, picnic, picquet, plan, planning, planning function, play, play at dice, play games, play the ponies, play-off, pleasant time, pliant, plot, plotting, ploy, ploys, plucky, poker, polo, pool, position, post office, pot roast, practice, prearrangement, predisposed, prepared, pretend, prey, procedure, profession, program, program of action, prompt, prone, pursuit, pushball, put on, put-and-take, pyramids, quadrille, quarry, quick, quintain, quoits, race, racket, racquets, raffle off, rally, rationalization, ready, ready and willing, reason for being, receptive, recreation, red herring, red-blooded, regatta, rencontre, resolute, responsive, reverse, riding, rigging, roast, roller skating, ropes, rouge et noir, round, rounders, rowing, rum, rummy, runoff, ruse, sailing, sailplaning, sausage meat, schedule, schema, schematism, schematization, scheme, scheme of arrangement, schemery, schemes, scheming, scrapple, sculling, set, setup, seven-up, shift, shinny, shoot craps, shooting, shot-put, shuffleboard, singles, skat, skating, skeet, skeet shooting, ski-jumping, skiing, skin-diving, skittles, sledding, sleight, small game, snipsnapsnorum, snooker, snorkel diving, snowmobiling, soccer, softball, solitaire, spavined, specialization, specialty, speculate, speculation, spirited, spiritful, sport, sports, spunky, squash, stake, stickball, stock, straight poker, stratagem, strategic plan, strategy, strings, stud poker, subterfuge, surfing, system, systematization, table tennis, tactic, tactical plan, tactics, target, teleology, tenacious, tennis, tenpins, tent pegging, test, tetherball, the big picture, the hunted, the picture, thirty-one, threesome, ticktacktoe, tiddlywinks, tilt, tilting, tipcat, tivoli, tobogganing, toss, tough, tournament, tourney, toy, tractable, trade, trapshooting, trial, trick, trickery, tug of war, twenty-one, twosome, ultimate aim, unafraid, undaunted, underplot, unflinching, valiant, valorous, venery, venison, viande, victim, vingt-et-un, vocation, volleyball, wager, walk, walk of life, water polo, waterskiing, way, web of intrigue, well-disposed, well-inclined, whist, wild animals, wildlife, wile, willed, willing, willinghearted, wily device, wire-pulling, wires, work, working plan, wrestling, zealous
From Middle English game, gamen, gammen, from Old English gamen (“sport, joy, mirth, pastime, game, amusement, pleasure”), from Proto-Germanic *gamanan (“amusement, pleasure, game", literally "participation, communion, people together”), from *ga- (collective prefix) + *mann- (“man”). Cognate with Middle High German gamen (“joy, amusement, fun, pleasure”), Swedish gamman (“mirth, rejoicing, merriment”), Icelandic gaman (“fun”). Related to gammon, gamble.