EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GAMBLING
It's Bill that's spent the money on his cussed booze and gambling.
The gambling houses can do it, and so keep on breaking the law.
My brother should have supported them, but all his money went on the race course, gambling.
This modified form of gambling is especially dangerous to the young.
There was only one passion which he did not conceal—the passion for gambling.
He had, of course, no smallest inkling of Hugo's debts or gambling propensities.
He repaired to Berlin, and was killed there in a brawl at a gambling den.
It was his money that the lazy old fellow was gambling away.
You have come to gamble, and your gambling is attended by every form of intemperance and immorality.
Made all his money by gambling in Paris, and now he is a squire with a living in his gift.
1726 (implied in gambling), from a dialectal survival of Middle English gammlen, variant of gamenen "to play, jest, be merry," from Old English gamenian "to play, joke, pun," from gamen (see game). Or possibly gamble is from a derivative of gamel "to play games" (1590s), itself likely a frequentative from game. Originally regarded as a slang word. The intrusive -b- may be from confusion with gambol. Related: Gambled; gambling.