gam 1 (gām)

1. A social visit or friendly interchange, especially between whalers or seafarers.
2. A herd of whales or a social congregation of whalers, especially at sea. See Synonyms at flock1.

v. gammed, gam·ming, gams

v. intr.
To hold a visit, especially while at sea.

v. tr.

1. To visit with.
2. To spend (time) talking or visiting.

gam 2 (gām)
n. Slang
A person’s leg.

gam. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. (accessed: December 23, 2006).

5 Responses to “gam”

  1. jay Says:

    does this word rhyme with game, or does that bar over the a signify something else?

  2. jessi Says:

    good question, i’ll look it up

  3. jessi Says:

    it is unclear, the dictionary has both:
    pat ā
    pay ā

    but i would think it would be gam (with the first kind of a) rather than game

  4. katie t! Says:

    it’s the first kind! like it would rhyme with “yam.” in moby dick, ishmael talks about the pequod having gams with other ships!

  5. jessi Says:

    yay thanks katie! so helpful! :)

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