Definition: Gambling

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From earlier gamel, from Middle English *gamlen, *gamelen, variant of Middle English gamenen, from Old English gæmnian, gamnian, gamenian (to joke; play), related to Old English gamen (joy; mirth; pleasure; entertainment; pastime; sport; game), Eequivalent to game + -le. Compare Old Danish gammel, Middle High German gamel (pleasure; fun).


gambling (usually uncountable, plural gamblings)

  1. An activity characterised by a balance between winning and losing that is governed by a mixture of skill and chance, usually with money wagered on the outcome.

Usage notes

This word is also the present participle of the verb "gamble."

Derived terms

  • e-gambling
  • gambling house


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