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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GAMENESS

Whatever else might be said of the man he was game, and now his gameness showed.

We were both excited and thrilled with the gameness of this fish.

The hands were kept from their work, attracted by the gameness of the cocks.

But 167 he had that gameness which goes with supreme confidence in the thing dealt with.

He was not used to dealing with men of any age so utterly lacking in gameness.

And the crowd did homage to his gameness by howling approval.

For gameness, as she well knew, was the ultimate virtue to the athlete mind.

A certain battle was set for this day, one that would test her gameness.

The only unknown quantity was the spirit or gameness of us two.

"Their chief quality is gameness," said Cartoner, thoughtfully.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English gamen "game, joy, fun, amusement," common Germanic (cf. Old Frisian game "joy, glee," Old Norse gaman, Old Saxon, Old High German gaman "sport, merriment," Danish gamen, Swedish gamman "merriment"), regarded as identical with Gothic gaman "participation, communion," from Proto-Germanic *ga- collective prefix + *mann "person," giving a sense of "people together."

Meaning "contest played according to rules" is first attested c.1300. Sense of "wild animals caught for sport" is late 13c.; hence fair game (1825), also gamey. Game plan is 1941, from U.S. football; game show first attested 1961.

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