I. verb (gambled; gambling) Etymology: probably back-formation from gambler, probably alteration of obsolete gamner, from obsolete gamen to play Date: 1772 intransitive verb 1. a. to play a game for money or property b. to bet on an uncertain outcome 2. to stake something on a contingency ; take a chance transitive verb 1. to risk by gambling ; wager 2. venture, hazardgambler noun II. noun Date: 1823 1. a. an act having an element of risk b. something chancy 2. the playing of a game of chance for stakes

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