Etymology
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gambling (n.)

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

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Definitions of gambling

gambling (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
Synonyms: gaming / play
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