1. [ noun ] (games) the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)
Synonyms: play gaming

"his gambling cost him a fortune" "there was heavy play at the blackjack table"

Related terms: diversion vice bet sporting_life game_of_chance throw unlicensed_gambling play bet_on play
2. [ adjective ] (games) preoccupied with the pursuit of pleasure and especially games of chance
Synonyms: card-playing betting sporting dissipated

"led a dissipated life" "a betting man" "a card-playing son of a bitch" "a gambling fool" "sporting gents and their ladies"

Related terms: indulgent
Similar spelling:   Gamblin