video game

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From video +‎ game.



video game (plural video games)

  1. A type of game, existing as and controlled by software, usually run by a video game console or a computer, played on a monitor or television screen, and controlled by a joypad, joystick, keyboard, mouse, or paddle. [from 1973]
    • 2011 October 7, Lana Del Rey, Justin Parker (lyrics and music), “Video Games”, in Born to Die, performed by Lana Del Rey:
      Swinging in the backyard / Pull up in your fast car whistling my name / Open up a beer / And you say get over here and play a video game / [] / I say you the bestest / Lean in for a big kiss, put his favorite perfume on / Go play your video game

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video game (third-person singular simple present video games, present participle video gaming, simple past and past participle video gamed)

  1. (rare) To play video games.
    • 2015, Emanuele Rapetti, Lorenzo Cantoni, “Learners of Digital Era (LoDE): What’s True, and What’s Just Hype About the So-Called Digital Natives”, in Mohamed Ally, Badrul H[uda] Khan, editors, International Handbook of E-learning, volumes 2 (Implementation and Case Studies), New York, N.Y., London: Routledge, →ISBN, page 79:
      Soloway coins the “Nintendo Generation” expression, putting the attention on the never-seen-before trait of young people: they are video gaming.
    • 2018, Nathan Lee Birr, One Life to Lose (The Douglas Files; 7), Beacon Books, LLC, →ISBN, page 75:
      And Mouse hacked and video gamed.
    • 2018, Vivienne Savage, Xander (Nova Force; 1), Payne & Taylor:
      He’d logged on once, only for her to demand to know why he was video gaming during a supposed vacation.
    • 2019, Rahuldeep Gill, “The Call of Death and the Depth of Our Callings: The Quality of Vocational Discernment”, in David S. Cunningham, editor, Hearing Vocation Differently: Meaning, Purpose, and Identity in the Multi-Faith Academy, Oxford University Press, →ISBN, part one (Reframing Vocation: Creating Spaces for New Ways of Hearing), page 86:
      They may not be engaged because they have fully bought into the existing structures, or because they are video gaming in their dorm rooms, or because they are working multiple jobs to pay for college (or to feed a family).
    • 2021, David N. Greenfield, “Ten Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Internet Use”, in Overcoming Internet Addiction (For Dummies), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., →ISBN, part 5 (The Part of Tens), page 296:
      This is one of the most common scenarios we see in our center — when a teen or young adult wants to finish high school, or more often college, and they are video gaming 12 hours a day.
    • 2021, Kendall Smith, “Step One: Being There”, in Rookie Father: A Playbook for Men Experiencing Fatherhood for the First Time, Familius LLC, →ISBN:
      It means you show up. Whether it’s a diaper change, advising your son about girls, patting his back after a tough sports game, or egging him on to stop slacking off while he’s video gaming.
    • 2022, Marco Rüth, Kai Kaspar, “Educational and Social Exergaming: A Perspective on Physical, Social, and Educational Benefits and Pitfalls of Exergaming at Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Afterwards”, in Pedro L. Almeida, Michael Brach, Ricardo De La Vega, Mauricio Garzon, Julia Maria D’andréa Greve, Margarita Limon, Luis Mochizuki, editors, Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Psychological and Behavioral Consequences of Confinement on Physical Activity, Sedentarism, and Rehabilitation, Frontiers Media, →ISBN, page 508, column 1:
      Relatedly, families that video gamed together reported better family satisfaction and closer relationships within the family (Wang et al., 2018).
    • 2023, Caridad Piñeiro, chapter 10, in Biscayne Bay Breach (South Beach Security; 3), Harlequin Intrigue, →ISBN:
      His feet were clad in brightly colored sneakers that made her think of the boyish side of him that often emerged when he was video gaming.

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  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˌˈɡej.mi/ [ˌˈɡeɪ̯.mi], /ˌvi.d͡ʒi.oˈɡej.mi/ [ˌvi.d͡ʒɪ.oˈɡeɪ̯.mi], (faster pronunciation) /ˌvi.d͡ʒjoˈɡej.mi/ [ˌvi.d͡ʒjoˈɡeɪ̯.mi]
    • (Southern Brazil) IPA(key): /ˌˈɡ [ˌˈɡeɪ̯.me]


video game m (plural video games)

  1. (Brazil) video game (software game)
    Synonym: videojogo
  2. (Brazil) video game console
    Synonyms: (Portugal) consola, (Brazil) console


For quotations using this term, see Citations:video game.