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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
compulsive gambling/overeating/spending etc
▪ Compulsive overspending in these days of credit cards has become more common.
drugs/gambling/smuggling etc racket
▪ Police believe he is involved in an international smuggling racket.
illegal parking/gambling/hunting etc
▪ The fines for illegal parking are likely to increase.
movie/media/gambling etc mogul
▪ The movie moguls were taking it up.
▪ Under normal circumstances Chaplin may well have simply thrown the eminent movie mogul a mere passing glance of recognition.
Gambling is still illegal in Arkansas.
▪ Crane admits that he is addicted to gambling.
▪ He was against the introduction of a National Lottery as he thought it might encourage gambling.
▪ Is gambling legal here?
▪ Your Uncle Maury has a gambling problem.
▪ At Cambridge he showed little aptitude for study and tended to be diverted by horse-racing and other forms of gambling.
▪ Every nation must have its legalized form of gambling.
▪ Low profile Usually campaigns against gambling are the prerogative of the fiercer Protestant denominations.
▪ She paid all her gambling debts the very next day.
▪ So that night they celebrated, getting roaring drunk, playing cards and gambling.
▪ That is, they do not become millionaires and then stop gambling.
▪ The distress caused by compulsive gambling is very considerable.
▪ This certainly seems to be the case with some kinds of gambling.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

gambling \gambling\ n. [p. pr. of gamble.] the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize); as, his gambling cost him a fortune.

Syn: gaming, play.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1784, "habitual indulgence in gambling," verbal noun from gamble (v.). Gambling-house attested by 1794.


n. An activity characterised by a balance between winning and lose that is governed by a mixture of skill and chance, usually with money wagered on the outcome. vb. (present participle of gamble English)


adj. preoccupied with the pursuit of pleasure and especially games of chance; "led a dissipated life"; "a betting man"; "a card-playing son of a bitch"; "a gambling fool"; "sporting gents and their ladies" [syn: dissipated, betting, card-playing, sporting]


n. the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize); "his gambling cost him a fortune"; "there was heavy play at the blackjack table" [syn: gaming, play]


Gambling is the wagering of money or something of value (referred to as "the stakes") on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money and/or material goods. Gambling thus requires three elements be present: consideration, chance and prize. The outcome of the wager is often immediate, such as a single roll of dice or a spin of a roulette wheel, but longer time frames are also common, allowing wagers on the outcome of a future sports contest or even an entire sports season.

The term gaming in this context typically refers to instances in which the activity has been specifically permitted by law. The two words are not mutually exclusive; i.e., a "gaming" company offers (legal) "gambling" activities to the public and may be regulated by one of many gaming control boards, for example, the Nevada Gaming Control Board. However, this distinction is not universally observed in the English-speaking world. For instance, in the UK, the regulator of gambling activities is called the Gambling Commission (not the Gaming Commission). The word gaming is used more frequently since the rise of computer and video games to describe activities that do not necessarily involve wagering, especially online gaming, with the new usage still not having displaced the old usage as the primary definition in common dictionaries.

Gambling is also a major international commercial activity, with the legal gambling market totaling an estimated $335 billion in 2009. In other forms, gambling can be conducted with materials which have a value, but are not real money. For example, players of marbles games might wager marbles, and likewise games of Pogs or Magic: The Gathering can be played with the collectible game pieces (respectively, small discs and trading cards) as stakes, resulting in a meta-game regarding the value of a player's collection of pieces.

Gambling (surname)

Gambling is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • John B. Gambling (1897–1974), host of the radio show "Rambling With Gambling" from 1925 to 1959
  • John A. Gambling (1930–2004), host of the radio show "Rambling With Gambling" from 1959 to 1991
  • John R. Gambling (born 1950), host of the radio show "Rambling With Gambling" from 1991–2000
Gambling (play)

Gambling is a 1929 play by George M. Cohan.

After initial performances in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, New Jersey and Brooklyn, the play opened at the Fulton Theatre on Broadway from August 26, 1929 until January 1930, for 152 performances. It was made into a movie in 1934.

Usage examples of "gambling".

A hundred years of moonshining, stealing, gunrunning, gambling, counterfeiting, whoring, bribing, even killing, and eventually drug manufacturing, and not a single arrest.

His fattier had squandered the family fortune while gambling and departed the earth a few days after Brock uncovered his debts, while his mother had a softness of the mind and required expensive doctors.

Harper Investigations reported that Alex had been gambling again and was seri-ously in debt to Eddie Casale, a well-known Vegas underworld figure.

He led Chai through the thronging streets, past shops and marketplaces where the lights never went out, past the joy streets where every sin known to forty breeds of man was available and the sunlight never came in, past theaters and gambling halls and certain obscure buildings where no one was admitted except those of one particular race and only the members of those races knew what went on in them.

I was determined not to play any longer as a dupe, but to secure in gambling all the advantages which a prudent young man could obtain without sullying his honour.

He fretted gloomily about all the next day, riding alone in the Park, driving with his sister, drinking and gambling at the club again and smiling cynically to himself at the covert glances his acquaintances exchanged.

Sevrin was getting deuced little pleasure out of the constant rounds of gambling, drinking, and wenching.

I did not wish to go to the expense of a private sitting-room, disliked the dinnery atmosphere of the salle a manger, could not play either at pool or billiards, and the aspect of my fellow guests was unprepossessing enough to make me unwilling to enter into any tete-a-tete gamblings with them.

Money is given to people to get what they want and not as a basis for further acquisition, and we realize that the gambling spirit is a problem for the educationist and mental expert.

With nothing else to do, the guards spent their time gambling, drinking and taking potshots at the crows and ravens which occasionally floated past the unglazed slit windows of the guardhouse.

This Maroli was the man who had won all my money during my first stay in Corfu, and finding, when I returned, that I was resolved not to be duped any more, he judged me worthy of sharing the wise maxims without which gambling must necessarily ruin all those who meddle with it.

Besides, Madame Sagredo was very fond of gambling, and, to please her, it was necessary either to lose or make her win, but to accept such conditions one must be in love with the lady or wish to make her conquest, and I had not the slightest idea of either.

I need not say how pleased the worthy friends were, when they saw that I had entirely given up gambling.

This introduction was the origin of the great fortune made by that contrabrand count, because Tramontini, who had become his partner in all important gambling transactions, contrived to obtain for him from the prince the rank of captain in the service of their imperial and royal majesties, and in less than three weeks Afflisio wore the uniform and the insignia of his grade.

If I had been able to escape out of the capricious clutches of fortune by giving up gambling, my happiness would have been complete.