From Middle English game, gamen, gammen, from Old English gamen ("sport, joy, mirth, pastime, game, amusement, pleasure"), from Proto-West Germanic *gaman, from Proto-Germanic *gamaną ("amusement, pleasure, game", literally "participation, communion, people together"), from *ga- + *mann-; or alternatively from *ga- + a root from Proto-Indo-European *men- ("to think, have in mind").
Cognate with Old Frisian game, gome, Middle High German gamen, Swedish gamman, Icelandic gaman. Related to gammon, gamble.
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