- the activity or practice of playing at a game of chance for money or other stakes.
- the act or practice of risking the loss of something important by taking a chance or acting recklessly: If you don't back up your data, that's gambling.
Origin of gambling
- to play at any game of chance for money or other stakes.
- to stake or risk money, or anything of value, on the outcome of something involving chance: to gamble on a toss of the dice.
- to lose or squander by betting (usually followed by away): He gambled all his hard-earned money away in one night.
- to wager or risk (money or something else of value): to gamble one's freedom.
- to take a chance on; venture; risk: I'm gambling that our new store will be a success.
- any matter or thing involving risk or hazardous uncertainty.
- a venture in a game of chance for stakes, especially for high stakes.
Origin of gamble
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Examples from the Web for gambling
I was not with him on the 29th when he was gambling and then drove home and actually got the DUI.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All
November 26, 2014
She was gambling on a coin toss where somehow “heads, you win” would have been politically more advantageous than “tails, I lose.”Keystone Senate Failure Is Environmental Kabuki Theater
November 19, 2014
Is gambling culture more desirable than gay culture and counterculture?
But the other side of the coin would be, inevitably, the flowering of crime and corruption around the gambling business.
By joining a private equity firm, the former Florida governor and 2016 hopeful is gambling with his reputation.Jeb Bush’s Risky Business
July 24, 2014
It's Bill that's spent the money on his cussed booze and gambling.Way of the Lawless
The gambling houses can do it, and so keep on breaking the law.Within the Law
My brother should have supported them, but all his money went on the race course, gambling.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
This modified form of gambling is especially dangerous to the young.In the Heart of Vosges
There was only one passion which he did not conceal—the passion for gambling.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
- (intr) to play games of chance to win money
- to risk or bet (money) on the outcome of an event, sport, etc
- (intr often foll by on) to act with the expectation ofto gamble on its being a sunny day
- (often foll by away) to lose by or as if by betting; squander
- a risky act or venture
- a bet, wager, or other risk or chance taken for possible monetary gain
Word Origin and History for gambling
1726 (implied in gambling), from a dialectal survival of Middle English gammlen, variant of gamenen "to play, jest, be merry," from Old English gamenian "to play, joke, pun," from gamen (see game). Or possibly gamble is from a derivative of gamel "to play games" (1590s), itself likely a frequentative from game. Originally regarded as a slang word. The intrusive -b- may be from confusion with gambol. Related: Gambled; gambling.
"risky venture," 1823, from gamble (v.).