Definition of gammy in English:



  • (especially of a leg) unable to function normally because of injury or chronic pain.

    ‘he had a gammy leg, it had steel in it or something’
    • ‘The captain has the respect of his players and he found the first half of the season hugely enjoyable but his gammy knee has put a bit of a dampener on things.’
    • ‘It is an action shot on match days, pacing the sideline, up and down, like one of those tram-lined pitchside cameras so beloved of Sky Sports, the gammy knees of his playing days no hindrance to his ceaseless movement.’
    • ‘‘I broke it in six places,’ he replied, patting the gammy limb.’
    • ‘With his dark suit, greasy hair and gammy leg, he is an outsider who has to survive in a selfish, immoral society.’
    • ‘With his gammy knees, so scarred and unsightly - he opted out of wearing a kilt at the opening of France 98 - he was in discomfort as he hirpled up a set of steps in Zagreb's Maksimir Stadium four nights ago.’
    • ‘I dragged my gammy foot behind me down to where she was standing and stopped inches away from her.’
    • ‘He jokes that he is ‘currently unavailable for All Black selection due to a gammy shoulder‘.’
    • ‘The kid with the gammy leg doesn't die, and the old man becomes like a second father to him.’
    • ‘Autobiography used to be the preserve of hammy actors, gammy lieutenant commanders and superannuated hangers-on to the Bloomsbury Group.’
    • ‘He would rather dive athletically into the mud to save a nifty strike or make a catlike leap - despite his allegedly gammy knee - to deflect a shot heading for the top corner.’
    • ‘It's like one of those animals that pretends to be a tiny cute blind lamb with a gammy leg in order to sneak up on other lambs, then reveals itself to be a ten-foot-tall murderous roaring monster in sheep's clothing.’
    • ‘I'm cursing my suddenly gammy leg for keeping me at home.’
    • ‘Her gammy hip hadn't been a real problem on this holiday.’
    • ‘White Wells is an historic spa pool on Ilkley Moor where, it is rumoured, a shepherd once had his gammy leg cured by the pure mooorland stream.’
    • ‘I imagine that he has one blue eye, one green, and a gammy leg.’
    • ‘The next day I was faced with two unappealing options: either go caving with a gammy knee, or tell Catherine her second caving trip (and first trip in her new gear) was off.’
    hurt, wounded, harmed, sore, damaged, bruised, on the sick list, disabled
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Mid 19th century (in the sense ‘bad, false’): dialect form of game.