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

n someone who risks loss or injury in the hope of gain or excitement

risk taker
Type of:
adventurer, venturer
a person who enjoys taking risks

n a person who wagers money on the outcome of games or sporting events

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a former gambler
better, bettor, punter, wagerer
someone who bets
bookie, bookmaker
a gambler who accepts and pays off bets (especially on horse races)
a gambler who plays the game of craps
someone who collects and pays bets at a gaming table
high roller
a gambler who wagers large sums
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
a gambler who wins a bet
lottery winner, prize winner
the winner of a lottery
one who takes a bet or wager
the bettor in a card game who matches the bet and calls for a show of hands
someone belonging to (or as if belonging to) the era of Edward VII
someone who counterbalances one transaction (as a bet) against another in order to protect against loss
a speculator who trades aggressively on stock or commodity markets
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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