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Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English gamb (leg). Alternative etymologies suggest that it may be of Polari origin possibly from [[w:Template:lang:it language|Template:lang:it]][[Category:Template:lang:it derivations]].

Noun

Singular
gam

Plural
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gam ({{{1}}})
  1. (slang) A person's leg.

Etymology 2

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Noun

Singular
gam

Plural
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gam ({{{1}}})
  1. A collective noun used to refer to a group of whales; A pod.
    • 1862, Henry Theodore Cheever, The Whalemen's Adventures in the Southern Ocean, Darton & Hodge, page 116.
      Upon getting into a "gam" of whales, this boat, together with that of one of the mates, pulled for a single whale that was seen at a distance from the others, and succeeded in getting square up to their victim unperceived.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A social gathering of whalers or other ships.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, Harper and Brothers, chapter 53.
      But what is a Gam? You might wear out your index-finger running up and down the columns of dictionaries, and never find the word, Dr. Johnson never attained to that erudition; Noah Webster’s ark does not hold it. Nevertheless, this same expressive word has now for many years been in constant use among some fifteen thousand true born Yankees. Certainly, it needs a definition, and should be incorporated into the Lexicon. With that view, let me learnedly define it. Gam. NOUN—A social meeting of two (or more) Whaleships, generally on a cruising-ground; when, after exchanging hails, they exchange visits by boats’ crews, the two captains remaining, for the time, on board of one ship, and the two chief mates on the other.
Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to gam

Third person singular
gams

Simple past
gammed

Past participle
-

Present participle
gamming

to gam (third-person singular simple present gams, present participle gamming, simple past and past participle gammed)
  1. (nautical) To make a social visit on another ship at sea.

Etymology 3

From the Irish gám.

Noun

Singular
gam

Plural
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gam ({{{1}}})
  1. (Ireland) Alternative spelling of gom. A silly, foolish person.

References

  • "gams" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001

Bandjalang

Noun

gam [[Category:Bandjalang {{{2}}}s|gam]]

  1. (Wahlubal) hair of the head

Synonyms


Swedish

Noun

Inflection for gam Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative gam gamen gamar gamarna
Genitive gams gamens gamars gamarnas

gam

  1. (bird) a vulture or condor; scavenging birds living in Africa, Europe, Asia and America
  2. (colloquial) someone who takes advantage of a demise or a bankruptcy, usually in a legal, but, for the affected people, offensive way
    Innan konkurshandlingarna ens var undertecknade samlades gamarna i verkstaden för att se vad som var värt att sälja vidare

Turkish

Noun

gam

  1. sorrow

See also


Vietnamese

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Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈɡæm/

Noun

gam

  1. gram (unit of mass)


This Vietnamese entry was created from the translations listed at gram. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see gam in the Vietnamese Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) April 2008

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