Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that speculates: a commodities speculator; a speculator regarding the future turn of events.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who speculates; an observer; a contemplator.
  • n. One who forms theories; a theorist.
  • n. One who speculates; as in investing, one who is willing to take volatile risks upon invested principle for the potential of substantial returns.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who speculates. Specifically: (a) An observer; a contemplator; hence, a spy; a watcher.
  • n. One who forms theories; a theorist.
  • n. One who engages in speculation; one who buys and sells goods, land, etc., with the expectation of deriving profit from fluctuations in price.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An observer or onlooker; a watcher; a lookout; a seer; in a specific use, an occult seer; one who looks into mysteries or secrete by magical means.
  • n. One who engages in mental speculation; a person who speculates about a subject or subjects; a theorizer.
  • n. One who practises speculation in trade or business of any kind. See speculation, 4.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who risks losses for the possibility of considerable gains
  • n. someone who makes conjectures without knowing the facts

Etymologies

Latin, a spy, explorer, investigator. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word "speculator" comes from the Latin word "specula" (watchtower) and indicates someone who tries to "look far away" and thus metaphorically "look ahead", in other words to foresee future events.

    Forbes.com: News

  • ALLAN CHERNOFF, CNN SENIOR CORRESPONDENT: Well, John, I think this term speculator is being a bit overused here, frankly, because it's not just classical speculators who are moving the price of oil but it's so many investors.

    CNN Transcript Jun 25, 2008

  • I understand that the Wall Street definition of a successful initial public offering is one that allows a short-term speculator to make a quick profit.

    Seller Creates the Product

  • Then I called the speculator and told him I wanted to go up-stairs again.

    The History of William Webb, Composed by Himself

  • Not surprisingly, in light of the extended nature of the averages, the intermediate-term speculator, who seeks to hold a winning position for several weeks to several months, is faced with precious few fundamentally sound stocks that are not extended above their most recent bases, or areas of technical support.

    MarketWatch.com - Top Stories

  • However, a noteworthy volatility play crossed the tape around midday, with one long-term speculator betting on a significant price swing from the bailed-out bank.

    BloggingStocks

  • "The job of the CEO is not to reward the short-term speculator of your stock, but to do a good job long-term for your shareholders, employees and customers," he says.

    GigaOM Network

  • Thursday's trading could be choppy as the short term speculator had nothing to gain by Wednesday's conference call and will exit their positions in AGEN and look for the next swing move, but the long term investor should feel as confident as ever about this company and should take advantage of any dip in stock price, especially if it drops below two again.

    Biotech Sector and Stocks Analysis from Seeking Alpha

  • "The job of the CEO is not to reward the short-term speculator of your stock," Mr. Barrett says, "but to do a good job long-term for your shareholders, employees and customers.

    From Moore's Law to Barrett's Rules

  • “The job of the CEO is not to reward the short-term speculator of your stock, but to do a good job long-term for your shareholders, employees and customers,” he says.

    Five Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Craig Barrett

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