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bettor

or bet·ter

[bet-er]
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noun
  1. a person who bet.
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Origin of bettor

First recorded in 1600–10; bet1 + -or2
Can be confusedbetter bettor
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Examples from the Web for bettor

Historical Examples

  • But a bettor of the right sort slips in an' taps me for odds to a thousand.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • The action was scarcely performed, when the bettor flung the glove into the air with all his force.

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete

    Charles James Lever (1806-1872)

  • The bettor's friends at once began sympathizing with him, but he looked at Terry and asked if he considered that a good shot.

  • I was taking the same losing risk as the bettor, with a greater chance for gain.

  • Frequently the bettor may realize that he has won a point, or two, or three, and may insist upon the bucket shop selling for him.


Word Origin and History for bettor

n.

also better (OED notes that English agent nouns in -er tend to shift toward -or as their senses become more specific), agent noun from bet (v.).

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