|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)|
"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"