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 gambler
As a producer on The Gambler, he read a bunch of women for the female lead, and settled on Larson.
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|Alex Belth|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They suggested his name with all the conviction of a gambler throwing a few bucks on a long-shot at the track.
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|Marlow Stern|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The gambler set the second stage of the proposition for Tony's restaurant.
The boys, and those in the room, caught a glimpse of the old miner as he hurried past the window after the gambler.Two Boy Gold Miners|Frank V. Webster
A gambler could go for several days and nights without sleep, provided he was winning.Psychoanalysis|Andr Tridon
Still the falsehood will go down to posterity,” said Lady Clementina; “and after ages will think I was a gambler.Nature and Art|Mrs. Inchbald
The gambler frowned and the handy-man instantly shifted his gaze.The Just and the Unjust|Vaughan Kester
"Well, it is my own affair," she said, with the gesture of a gambler.The Chouans|Honore de Balzac
Word Origin for gamble
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.).