• To take a risk, with the potential of a positive outcome.
  • To play risky games, especially casino games, for monetary gain.
  • To risk (something) for potential gain.
  • To interact with equipment at a casino


  • From earlier gamel, from Middle English *gamlen, *gamelen, variant of Middle English gamenen, from Old English gæmnian, gamnian, gamenian, related to Old English gamen, equivalent to game + -le. Compare Old Danish gammel, Middle High German gamel ("pleasure; fun"). More at game.

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