high roller

or high·roll·er

noun Informal.

a person who gambles for large stakes, as in a casino.
a person who spends money freely for entertainment and extravagant living.
a corporation or governmental agency that invests or spends freely or recklessly.

Nearby words

  1. high priesthood,
  2. high profile,
  3. high relief,
  4. high renaissance,
  5. high road,
  6. high school,
  7. high sea,
  8. high seas,
  9. high season,
  10. high sign

Origin of high roller

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

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Examples from the Web for high-roller

  • At a high-roller Democratic fundraiser on Park Avenue last month, a California lawyer dismissed the Whitman challenge.

    The GOP's Mean Girls|Gail Sheehy|October 17, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • Seems she was a teacher, but she certainly was a high-roller—O boy!

    Main Street|Sinclair Lewis
  • I laid off, and Miles Diston took the high-roller out next trip.

British Dictionary definitions for high-roller

high roller


slang, mainly US and Canadian a person who spends money extravagantly or gambles recklessly
Derived Formshigh rolling, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for high-roller



"extravagant spender," by 1873, American English, probably originally a reference to a gambler throwing dice.

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