An example of gamble is to play the slots in Las Vegas.
You are gambling with your health by continuing to smoke.
Gambled their lives in a dangerous rescue mission.
I took a gamble that stock prices would rise.
An example of a gamble is the act of betting that a certain team will win a game.
- To squander or lose in gambling.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of gamble
- Perhaps from obsolete gamel to play games from Middle English gamen, gamenen to play from Old English gamenian from gamen fun
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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'