Origin of gambling
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 gambling
Contemporary Examples of gambling
I was not with him on the 29th when he was gambling and then drove home and actually got the DUI.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All
November 26, 2014
She was gambling on a coin toss where somehow “heads, you win” would have been politically more advantageous than “tails, I lose.”Keystone Senate Failure Is Environmental Kabuki Theater
November 19, 2014
Is gambling culture more desirable than gay culture and counterculture?
But the other side of the coin would be, inevitably, the flowering of crime and corruption around the gambling business.
By joining a private equity firm, the former Florida governor and 2016 hopeful is gambling with his reputation.Jeb Bush’s Risky Business
July 24, 2014
Historical Examples of gambling
It's Bill that's spent the money on his cussed booze and gambling.Way of the Lawless
The gambling houses can do it, and so keep on breaking the law.Within the Law
My brother should have supported them, but all his money went on the race course, gambling.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
This modified form of gambling is especially dangerous to the young.In the Heart of Vosges
There was only one passion which he did not conceal—the passion for gambling.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
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.).