Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a risky act or venture
  2. (noun, possession) money that is risked for possible monetary gain
  3. (verb, competition) play games for money
  4. (verb, social) take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

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Origin of the word Gamble

  1. 1726 (implied in gambling), from a dialectal survival of M.E. gammlen, variant of gamenen "to play, jest, be merry," from O.E. gamenian "to play," from gamen (see game). Or possibly gamble is from a derivative of gamel "to play games" (1594), itself likely a frequentative from game. Originally regarded as a slang word. The… more

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Words that sound like Gamble

gainful, gainfully, gambelia, gambol, game fowl, gaseous nebula, gimbal, guinea fowl, gum ball, gumboil, gunplay

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