verb (used with object), bet or bet·ted, bet·ting.
verb (used without object), bet or bet·ted, bet·ting.
Origin of bet1
Synonyms for bet
Related Words for bettedpledge, risk, stake, chance, venture, speculation, wager, odds, speculate, raffle, play, plunge, lottery, pot, uncertainty, hazard, action, lot, ante, shot
Examples from the Web for betted
Historical Examples of betted
I never thought he had played, but he never says he has not betted.'The Heir of Redclyffe
Charlotte M. Yonge
The devil, probably, would have betted on Jack's saying "No."Scarlet and Hyssop
E. F. Benson
"I'd have betted he'd reconcile his conscience all right," smiled Arthur.A Young Man's Year
The Regents Park might be betted to a mole-hill with safety that she has no parallel.The True History of Tom and Jerry
He betted her 5,000 that he would not be made a bishop, and he lost, and paid her.The Impeachment of The House of Brunswick
verb bets, betting, bet or betted
Word Origin for bet
1590s, as both a verb and noun, in the argot of petty criminals, of unknown origin; probably a shortening of abet or else from obsolete beet "to make good," from Old English bætan "make better, arouse, stimulate," from Proto-Germanic *baitjanan, in which case the verb would be the original. The original notion is perhaps "to improve" a contest by wagering on it, or it is from the "bait" sense in abet. Used since 1852 in various American English slang assertions (cf. you bet "be assured," 1857). Related: Betting.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bet
- bet one's ass
- bet on the wrong horse
- back (bet on) the wrong horse
- hedge one's bets
- you bet your ass