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Webster 1913 Edition


Wager

Wa′ger

,
Verb.
I.
To make a bet; to lay a wager.
’T was merry when
You
wagered
on your angling.
Shakespeare

Webster 1828 Edition


Wager

WAGER

,
Noun.
1.
Something deposited, laid or hazarded on the event of a contest or some unsettled question; a bet.
Besides these plates for horseraces, the wagers may be as the persons please.
If any atheist can stake his soul for a wager against such an inexhaustible disproportion
2.
Subject on which bets are laid.
3.
In law, an offer to make oath of innocence or nonindebtedness; or the act of making oath, together with the oaths of eleven compurgators, to fortify the defendents oath.
Wager of battle, is when the tenant in a writ of right, offers to prove his right by the body of his champion, and throwing down his glove as a gage or pledge, thus wages or stipulates battle with the champion or demandant, who by taking up the glove, accepts the challenge. The champions, armed with batons enter the list, and taking each other by the hand, each swears to the justice of the cause of the party for whom he appears; they then fight till the stars appear, and if the champion of the tenant can defend himself till that time, his cause prevails.

WAGER

,
Verb.
T.
To lay; to bet; to hazard on the issue of a contest; or on some question that is to be decided, or on some casualty.

Definition 2021


wager

wager

English

Noun

wager (plural wagers)

  1. Something deposited, laid, or hazarded on the event of a contest or an unsettled question; a bet; a stake; a pledge.
    • Sir W. Temple
      Besides these Plates, the Wagers may be as the Persons please among themselves, but the Horses must be evidenced by good Testimonies to have been bred in Ireland.
    • Bentley
      If any atheist can stake his soul for a wager against such an inexhaustible disproportion, let him never hereafter accuse others of credulity.
  2. (law) A contract by which two parties or more agree that a certain sum of money, or other thing, shall be paid or delivered to one of them, on the happening or not happening of an uncertain event.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bouvier to this entry?)
  3. That on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet.
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Verb

wager (third-person singular simple present wagers, present participle wagering, simple past and past participle wagered)

  1. (transitive) To bet something; to put it up as collateral
    I'd wager my boots on it.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To suppose; to dare say.
    I'll wager that Johnson knows something about all this.
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Etymology 2

From the verb, to wage + -er.

Noun

wager (plural wagers)

  1. Agent noun of wage; one who wages.
    • 1912, Pocumtack Valley Memorial Association, History and Proceedings of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, p. 65:
      They were wagers of warfare against the wilderness and the Indians, and founders of families and towns.
    • 1957, Elsa Maxwell, How to Do It; Or, The Lively Art of Entertaining, p. 7:
      Hatshepsut was no wager of wars, no bloodstained conqueror.