winnings

[ win-ing ]SEE DEFINITION OF winnings

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But surely that was the money, his winnings, with which he had replaced the thousand dollars.

I was, of course, awfully sorry and sent her half my winnings, which she returned.

Two more bets, and then he would pocket his winnings and go.

But I'd give half of my winnings if I knew what was at the bottom of it all.

Pierre, very hot in the face, pocketed his winnings and belted on the gun.

The old wreck had demanded five per cent of his winnings for tipping him off.

Besides, it is bad luck to part with any of your winnings while you are still playing.

He took your winnings, and then some, away from you as the price of silence.

Her percentage of my winnings had certainly been a disappointment to her.

I've turned over quite a few thousand credits of my winnings to you.

WORD ORIGIN

fusion of Old English winnan "struggle for, work at, strive, fight," and gewinnan "to gain or succeed by struggling, to win," both from Proto-Germanic *wenwanan (cf. Old Saxon winnan, Old Norse vinna, Old Frisian winna, Dutch winnen "to gain, win," Danish vinde "to win," Old High German winnan "to strive, struggle, fight," German gewinnen "to gain, win," Gothic gawinnen "to suffer, toil"). Perhaps related to wish, or from PIE *van- "overcome, conquer." Related: Won; winning.

Sense of "to be victorious" is recorded from c.1300. Breadwinner preserves the sense of "toil" in Old English winnan. Phrase you can't win them all (1954) first attested in Raymond Chandler. Winningest is attested by 1804.

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