Game bird
Game Game, a. 1. Having a resolute, unyielding spirit, like the gamecock; ready to fight to the last; plucky. [1913 Webster]

I was game . . . .I felt that I could have fought even to the death. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to such animals as are hunted for game, or to the act or practice of hunting. [1913 Webster]

{Game bag}, a sportsman's bag for carrying small game captured; also, the whole quantity of game taken.

{Game bird}, any bird commonly shot for food, esp. grouse, partridges, quails, pheasants, wild turkeys, and the shore or wading birds, such as plovers, snipe, woodcock, curlew, and sandpipers. The term is sometimes arbitrarily restricted to birds hunted by sportsmen, with dogs and guns.

{Game egg}, an egg producing a gamecock.

{Game laws}, laws regulating the seasons and manner of taking game for food or for sport.

{Game preserver}, a land owner who regulates the killing of game on his estate with a view to its increase. [Eng.]

{To be game}. (a) To show a brave, unyielding spirit. (b) To be victor in a game. [Colloq.]

{To die game}, to maintain a bold, unyielding spirit to the last; to die fighting. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • game bird — game′ bird n. any bird hunted chiefly for sport, as a quail or pheasant, esp. such a bird protected by game laws • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • game bird — ► NOUN 1) a bird shot for sport or food. 2) a bird of a large group that includes pheasants, grouse, quails, guineafowl, etc …   English terms dictionary

  • game bird — game ,bird noun count a bird that people hunt and kill for sport …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • game bird — noun any bird (as grouse or pheasant) that is hunted for sport (Freq. 1) • Members of this Topic: ↑grouse, ↑quail, ↑pheasant • Hypernyms: ↑game, ↑gallinaceous bird, ↑gallinacean …   Useful english dictionary

  • game bird — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms game bird : singular game bird plural game birds a bird that people hunt and kill for sport …   English dictionary

  • game bird — game birds N COUNT: usu pl Game birds are birds which are shot for food or for sport. The sauce is good with other roasted game birds, too, not just pheasant …   English dictionary

  • game bird — any bird hunted chiefly for sport, as a quail or pheasant, esp. such a bird that is protected by game laws. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • game bird — noun 1》 a bird shot for sport or food. 2》 a bird of a large group that includes pheasants, grouse, quails, guineafowl, etc. [Order Galliformes.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • game bird — /ˈgeɪm bɜd/ (say gaym berd) noun 1. a bird hunted for sport, profit, or food. 2. such a bird, which is usually wild, raised for food, as pheasant, goose, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • game bird — noun Date: 1840 a bird that may be legally hunted according to the laws especially of a state of the United States …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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