Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who plays at a game of chance, who gambles.
  • n. One who takes risks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who gambles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who gambles; one addicted to gaming or playing for money or other stakes; a gamester.

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

  • n. someone who risks loss or injury in the hope of gain or excitement
  • n. a person who wagers money on the outcome of games or sporting events

Etymologies

to gamble + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Bush the gambler is betting that he will come out looking like President Reagan, whose deficits bought economic reforms and a stronger national defense.

    The Budget Debate, IX, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • But he also is one of the biggest gambles as he is a classic high-risk, high-return sort of riverboat gambler from the back end.

    Talent runs deep among defensemen in 2009 NHL Draft

  • Where's that little pale printer's devil, the one they call the gambler's ghost?

    Down the Mother Lode

  • The short or intermediate term gambler or speculator would wait for some better confirmation of a turn around of trend before risking capital.

    Safehaven

  • Mr Benjamin complained of Mr Russell of the 'Times' for holding him up to fame as a "gambler" -- a story which he understood Mr Russell had learnt from Mr Charles Sumner at Washington.

    Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863

  • The Palin pick already, as Noemie Emery wrote, “Wipes out the image of McCain as the crotchety elder and brings back that of the fly-boy and gambler, which is much more appealing, and the genuine person.”

    The Palin Gamble - Swampland - TIME.com

  • He does not come across as a gambler, which is why it must have really killed him to take a flier in Fleischer, buying a "pig in a poke" by granting him immunity on the blind.

    Pachacutec: Libby Trial: Who's Your Daddy?

  • A contrarian who is wrong more often than right is called a gambler at best, a loose cannon or a wingnut at worst.

    ONLY A MAVERICK

  • The next meme is that the Palin pick “wipes out the image of McCain as the crotchety elder and brings back that of the fly-boy and gambler, which is much more appealing, and the genuine person.”

    Killing the Message

  • The curse of the gambler is the corruption of such talents by a lack of self-control.

    Taking a Bet

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