gam

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See also: Gam., gặm, gẫm, and gấm

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Variant form of gamb. From Old Provençal gamba (leg).

Noun[edit]

gam (plural gams)

  1. (slang) A person's leg.
    • 2012 September 10, Ariel Levy, "The Space In Between", in The New Yorker:
      The women's-liberation movement of the late sixties and the seventies – the so-called second wave of feminism – introduced Americans to the notion that their mothers and sisters and daughters ought not to be "objectified": that there was something wrong with reducing female people to boobs, gams, and beaver.

Etymology 2[edit]

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Noun[edit]

gam (plural gams)

  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. (by extension) 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.
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Verb[edit]

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[edit]

From the Irish gámaí (booby, dolt).

Noun[edit]

gam (plural gams)

  1. (Ireland) Alternative spelling of gom (silly, foolish person).

References[edit]

  • gams” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Anagrams[edit]


Bandjalang[edit]

Noun[edit]

gam

  1. (Wahlubal) hair of the head

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Hausa[edit]

Noun[edit]

gâm m

  1. glue, paste

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Contraction of aig + mo (at my) or aig + am (at their)

Pronoun[edit]

gam

  1. me (direct object)
    A bheil thu gam chluinntinn? - Do you hear me?
  2. them (direct object)
    Cha robh i gam faicinn. - She didn't see them.

Usage notes[edit]

  • As me lenites the following word.
  • As them used before words beginning with b, f, m or p; otherwise gan is used.
  • Although this can be thought of as filling the function of a direct object pronoun, it is actually a form of possessive, and can therefore only be used in a periphrastic tense formed with a verbal noun, never as the object of a finite verb. Tha e gam chluinntinn is literally "he is at the hearing of me", whereby gam represents "at ... of me". With a finite verb, the genuine object pronouns would be used: Chluinn e mi he heard me, chluinn e iad, he heard them.

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

gam c

  1. 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

Declension[edit]


Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Persian غم (ğam).

Noun[edit]

gam (definite accusative [[{{{1}}}#Turkish|{{{1}}}]], plural [[{{{2}}}#Turkish|{{{2}}}]])

  1. sorrow

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Vietnamese[edit]

Vietnamese Wikipedia has an article on:

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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


Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

gam (plural gams)

  1. bride, groom

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Zazaki[edit]

Noun[edit]

gam

  1. step