Game v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gamed p. pr. & vb. n. Gaming.]
1. To rejoice; to be pleased; -- often used, in Old English, impersonally with dative. [Obs.]
God loved he best with all his whole hearte
At alle times, though him gamed or smarte. --Chaucer.
2. To play at any sport or diversion.
3. To play for a stake or prize; to use cards, dice, billiards, or other instruments, according to certain rules, with a view to win money or some other thing waged upon the issue of the contest; to gamble.
gam·ing n. The act or practice of playing games for stakes or wagers; gambling.
n : the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning
(including the payment of a price for a chance to win a
prize); "his gambling cost him a fortune"; "there was
heavy play at the blackjack table" [syn: gambling, play]