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Etymology 1

From gamb. Alternative etymologies suggest that it may be of Polari origin possibly from .


  1. A person's leg.

Etymology 2


  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. In the context of "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.
group of whales


  1. To make a social visit on another ship at sea.

Etymology 3

From the gám.


  1. alternative spelling of gom A silly, foolish person.


Online Etymology Dictionary



infl bdy
  1. qualifier Wahlubal hair of the head




  1. a vulture or condor; scavenging birds living in Africa, Europe, Asia and America
  2. 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



  1. sorrow



  • /ˈɡæm/|lang=vi


  1. gram (unit of mass)

Extensive Definition

Gam may be:
gam in Italian: GAM
gam in Malay (macrolanguage): GAM

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ankle, army, bayonet legs, be closeted with, bowlegs, bunch, calf, causerie, chat, cnemis, colony, coze, cozy chat, drift, drive, drove, drumstick, flock, foreleg, friendly chat, gamb, gambrel, gang, gigot, gossip, ham, heart-to-heart talk, herd, hind leg, hock, host, jamb, kennel, knee, leg, limb, litter, little talk, make conversation, pack, pod, podite, popliteal space, prattle, pride, prittle-prattle, school, scissor-legs, shank, shin, shoal, skulk, sloth, stems, stumps, tarsus, tete-a-tete, tittle-tattle, trip, troop, trotters, visit
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