- 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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Related Wordsbettor, bookmaker, bookie, backer, speculator, player, crapshooter, cardsharp, shill, dicer, plunger, risktaker
Examples from the Web for gambler
As a producer on The Gambler, he read a bunch of women for the female lead, and settled on Larson.Brie Larson’s Hollywood Transformation
December 29, 2014
He was smart and tough in the way of the hard worker, the long-distance runner, the gambler who wins on stamina.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters
August 2, 2014
They suggested his name with all the conviction of a gambler throwing a few bucks on a long-shot at the track.The Bizarro World Of Iowa’s GOP Convention
June 23, 2014
He was a gambler, unfortunately, so we literally had nothing.‘My Granny The Escort’: Meet 85-Year-Old Sheila Vogel-Coupe, Britain’s Oldest Prostitute
June 3, 2014
The gambler set the second stage of the proposition for Tony's restaurant.Portrait of the Consummate Con Man
May 17, 2014
This gambler he was the slickest short-card player ever struck hereabouts.
A courage, moreover —the gambler's courage—that is typically American.
And he was both to batter it down, for he still had the gambler's faith in his luck.
A soldierly compound of vanity, duty and the gambler's hope.The Devil's Dictionary
Now that gambler pretends he is a commercial traveller from Buffalo.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
- (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 gambler
1747, agent noun from gamble (v.).
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.).