gambler

A gambler is a person who takes a lot of high-risk chances. Your friends might call you a gambler if you spend your free time bungee jumping and playing high-stakes poker.

When you seek adventure or danger, you're gambling with your safety or even your life, which makes you one kind of gambler. Other gamblers enjoy betting money on sports, card games, or games of chance. Gambler came after gamble, "risk something of value on a game of chance," from the Middle English gammlen, "play or be merry," with its Old English root gamen, or "game."

Definitions of gambler
  1. noun
    someone who risks loss or injury in the hope of gain or excitement
    synonyms: risk taker
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    type of:
    adventurer, venturer
    a person who enjoys taking risks
  2. noun
    a person who wagers money on the outcome of games or sporting events
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    ex-gambler
    a former gambler
    better, bettor, punter, wagerer
    someone who bets
    bookie, bookmaker
    a gambler who accepts and pays off bets (especially on horse races)
    crapshooter
    a gambler who plays the game of craps
    croupier
    someone who collects and pays bets at a gaming table
    high roller
    a gambler who wagers large sums
    loser
    a gambler who loses a bet
    handicapper, odds-maker
    someone who sets the betting odds based on calculations of the outcome of a contest (especially a horse race)
    crap-shooter, shooter
    a gambler who throws dice in the game of craps
    plunger, speculator
    someone who risks losses for the possibility of considerable gains
    sporting man
    someone who leads a merry existence; especially a gambler on the outcome of sporting events
    winner
    a gambler who wins a bet
    lottery winner, prize winner
    the winner of a lottery
    taker
    one who takes a bet or wager
    caller
    the bettor in a card game who matches the bet and calls for a show of hands
    Edwardian
    someone belonging to (or as if belonging to) the era of Edward VII
    hedger
    someone who counterbalances one transaction (as a bet) against another in order to protect against loss
    operator
    a speculator who trades aggressively on stock or commodity markets
    scalper
    someone who buys something and resells it at a price far above the initial cost
    venture capitalist
    a speculator who makes money available for innovative projects (especially in high technology)
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
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