verb (used without object), gam·bled, gam·bling.
verb (used with object), gam·bled, gam·bling.
- gambian trypanosomiasis,
- gambier islands,
- gamblers' fallacy,
- gambling house,
Origin of gamble
Examples from the Web for gamble
But the decision now to sever economic ties with the eastern regions was a surprise—and a gamble.
Unfortunately, that gamble was at the expense of Miss America's supposed mission.
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|Alex Suskind|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Amy Zimmerman|August 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Plus, Procter & Gamble has already removed triclosan from its Crest toothpaste.
You see, there was a guy in the crowd—or had been, rather, whose wife didn't want him to gamble.The Forged Note|Oscar Micheaux
Was this the moment, I ask you, for his wicked old mother to gamble herself into disgrace and bankruptcy?The Romance of His Life|Mary Cholmondeley
Who taught us to gamble with buttons—to play "odd or even," and lose our breakfasts and dinners?Jewish Children|Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
Or again, should she fascinate a du Tillet or a Nucingen, and gamble on the stock exchange to pay her creditors?The Collection of Antiquities|Honore de Balzac
But there's excuses, and you can just gamble I'm the old boy who knows.The Young Pitcher|Zane Grey
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.).