verb (used without object), gam·bled, gam·bling.
verb (used with object), gam·bled, gam·bling.
Origin of gamble
Synonyms for gamble
Examples from the Web for gamble
Contemporary Examples of gamble
But the decision now to sever economic ties with the eastern regions was a surprise—and a gamble.Eastern Ukraine Braces for ‘Full-Scale War’
November 17, 2014
Unfortunately, that gamble was at the expense of Miss America's supposed mission.The Real Housewives of Miss America
September 21, 2014
Vincent teaches young Oliver how to fight bullies, how to gamble, what a hooker is––you know, the important things in life.Meet Vincent McKenna, Your New Favorite Bill Murray Character
September 6, 2014
While CBS is taking a gamble on a relatively unknown (and unproven) talent, to many critics this decision was all too predictable.Late Night Adds Another White Dude: James Corden Replacing Craig Ferguson at ‘The Late Late Show’
August 5, 2014
Plus, Procter & Gamble has already removed triclosan from its Crest toothpaste.Antibacterial Soap’s Deadly Secret
May 21, 2014
Historical Examples of gamble
He wouldn't stay a day longer than he had to, thought you could gamble on that.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Nevertheless, Mr. Jannissary was prepared to gamble on John's future.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
You have come to gamble, and your gambling is attended by every form of intemperance and immorality.The Christian
All these engineers and officers of ships took tickets in that gamble.End of the Tether
He loves a gamble, and is most amusing when he is in the mood.A Bride of the Plains
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Word Origin for gamble
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.).