- The definition of a gamble is a risk.
An example of a gamble is the act of betting that a certain team will win a game.
- Gamble is defined as to take a risk, or to play games especially with money for betting.
An example of gamble is to play the slots in Las Vegas.
A group of people who have come to a casino to gamble.
intransitive verbgambled, gambling
- to play games of chance for money or some other stake
- to take a risk in order to gain some advantage
Origin of gambleprobably back-formation ; from obsolete gamler, a gambler ; from gamel, to play (altered ; from Middle English gamen, to play ; from game, game) + -er: akin to German dialect, dialectal gammeln, to sport, make merry
verbgam·bled, gam·bling, gam·bles
- a. To bet on an uncertain outcome, as of a contest.b. To play a game of chance for stakes.
- To take a risk in the hope of gaining an advantage or a benefit.
- To engage in reckless or hazardous behavior: You are gambling with your health by continuing to smoke.
- To put up as a stake in gambling; wager.
- To expose to hazard; risk: gambled their lives in a dangerous rescue mission.
- A bet, wager, or other gambling venture.
- An act or undertaking of uncertain outcome; a risk: I took a gamble that stock prices would rise.
Origin of gamblePerhaps from obsolete gamel, to play games, from Middle English gamen, gamenen, to play, from Old English gamenian, from gamen, fun.
(third-person singular simple present gambles, present participle gambling, simple past and past participle gambled)
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'