MooT Question Icon
Derived from the Italian word for leg, it originally denoted "the act of tripping someone up while wrestling"; now it often refers to the act of tripping someone up while playing chess; what word is it?




Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.


A picture of a moot game

The critically-acclaimed board game MooT
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
To join our mailing list and get
free brain-twisting MooT questions sent to you irregularly,
enter your email address and then press submit.

E-Mail address:




Back to home page



Answer: gambit

The word gambit derives from the Italian gambetto, the act of tripping someone up in wrestling, which in turn is derived from the Italian gamba, leg.

Copyright 1998-2009 Blair Arts Ltd. All rights reserved.