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

  • intransitive v. To bet on an uncertain outcome, as of a contest.
  • intransitive v. To play a game of chance for stakes.
  • intransitive v. To take a risk in the hope of gaining an advantage or a benefit.
  • intransitive v. To engage in reckless or hazardous behavior: You are gambling with your health by continuing to smoke.
  • transitive v. To put up as a stake in gambling; wager.
  • transitive v. To expose to hazard; risk: gambled their lives in a dangerous rescue mission.
  • n. A bet, wager, or other gambling venture.
  • n. An act or undertaking of uncertain outcome; a risk: I took a gamble that stock prices would rise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A significant risk, undertaken with a potential gain.
  • n. A risky venture
  • v. To take a risk, with the potential of a positive outcome.
  • v. To play risky games, especially casino games, for monetary gain.
  • v. To risk (something) for potential gain.
  • v. To interact with equipment at a casino

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An act of gambling; a transaction or proceeding involving gambling; hence, anything involving similar risk or uncertainty.
  • intransitive v. To play or game for money or other stake.
  • transitive v. To lose or squander by gaming; -- usually with away.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To play at any game of hazard for a stake; risk money or anything of value on the issue of a game of chance, by either playing or betting on the play of others; hence, to engage in financial transactions or speculations dependent for success chiefly upon chance or unknown contingencies: as, to gamble with cards or dice; to gamble in stocks.
  • Gambling contract. See contract.
  • To lose or squander by gaming: with away or off.
  • n. A venture in gambling or as in gambling; a reckless speculation.
  • n. A leg.

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

  • v. play games for money
  • n. money that is risked for possible monetary gain
  • v. take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
  • n. a risky act or venture


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

Perhaps from obsolete gamel, to play games, from Middle English gamen, gamenen, to play, from Old English gamenian, from gamen, fun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English gamenian 'to play', either via a dialectal survival of Middle English gammlen, a variant of gamenen 'to play, jest, be merry', or via a derivative of gamel 'to play games'



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