Definition of gammy in US English:



  • (of part of a person's body, especially the leg) unable to function normally because of injury or chronic pain.

    ‘he had a gammy leg, it had steel in it or something’
    • ‘Her gammy hip hadn't been a real problem on this holiday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The kid with the gammy leg doesn't die, and the old man becomes like a second father to him.’
    • ‘With his dark suit, greasy hair and gammy leg, he is an outsider who has to survive in a selfish, immoral society.’
    • ‘I dragged my gammy foot behind me down to where she was standing and stopped inches away from her.’
    • ‘I imagine that he has one blue eye, one green, and a gammy leg.’
    • ‘He jokes that he is ‘currently unavailable for All Black selection due to a gammy shoulder‘.’
    • ‘‘I broke it in six places,’ he replied, patting the gammy limb.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Autobiography used to be the preserve of hammy actors, gammy lieutenant commanders and superannuated hangers-on to the Bloomsbury Group.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm cursing my suddenly gammy leg for keeping me at home.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.