Definitions

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

  • n. An agreement under which each bettor pledges a certain amount to the other depending on the outcome of an unsettled matter.
  • n. A matter bet on; a gamble.
  • n. Something staked on an uncertain outcome; a bet. See Synonyms at bet.
  • n. Archaic A pledge of personal combat to resolve an issue or case.
  • transitive v. To risk or stake (an amount or a possession) on an uncertain outcome; bet.
  • intransitive v. To make a bet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something deposited, laid, or hazarded on the event of a contest or an unsettled question; a bet; a stake; a pledge.
  • n. A contract by which two parties or more agree that a certain sum of money, or other thing, shall be paid or delivered to one of them, on the happening or not happening of an uncertain event.
  • n. That on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet.
  • v. To bet something; to put it up as collateral
  • v. To daresay.
  • n. Agent noun of wage; one who wages.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Something deposited, laid, or hazarded on the event of a contest or an unsettled question; a bet; a stake; a pledge.
  • n. A contract by which two parties or more agree that a certain sum of money, or other thing, shall be paid or delivered to one of them, on the happening or not happening of an uncertain event.
  • n. That on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet.
  • intransitive v. To make a bet; to lay a wager.
  • transitive v. To hazard on the issue of a contest, or on some question that is to be decided, or on some eventuality; to lay; to stake; to bet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hazard on the issue of a contest, or on some question that is to be decided, or on some casualty; bet; lay; stake.
  • To make a wager on; bet on: followed by a clause as object: as, I wager you are wrong.
  • To make a bet; offer a wager.
  • n. A pledge; a gage; a guaranty.
  • n. Something hazarded on an uncertain event; a Stake.
  • n. The act of betting; a bet.
  • n. That on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet.
  • n. In old English law, an offer to make oath of innocence or non-indebtedness; also, the act of making such oath, the oaths of eleven compurgators being conjoined as fortifying the defendant's oath.

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

  • n. the money risked on a gamble
  • v. maintain with or as if with a bet
  • n. the act of gambling
  • v. stake on the outcome of an issue

Etymologies

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman wageure, from Old North French wagier, to pledge, from wage, pledge; see wage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman wageure, from Old Northern French wagier "to pledge" (compare Old French guagier, whence modern French gager). See also wage. (Wiktionary)
From the verb, to wage + -er. (Wiktionary)

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  • I wager you have never tasted anything this sweet

    December 24, 2006