With the World Series (baseball) beginning in the USA, and being in New England, whose hometown team (Boston Red Sox) are one of the duelling teams, sports is the main topic of conversation for nearly everyone. In honor of that, the word for today is:
- The act of risking a sum of money or other valuables on the basis of the outcome of a future event.
- Risk something, usually a sum of money, against someone else’s on the basis of the outcome of a future event.
Synonyms as a verb: wager – stake – gamble – predict – game – back - reckon
Synonyms as a noun: wager – stake – gamble – ante
First seen in Shakespeare's King Henry IV, Part II (written 1597 - 1598). The full text of the play may be found here.