What does WAGER mean?

Definitions for WAGER
ˈweɪ dʒərwa·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bet, wagernoun

    the act of gambling

    "he did it on a bet"

  2. stake, stakes, bet, wagerverb

    the money risked on a gamble

  3. bet, wager, playverb

    stake on the outcome of an issue

    "I bet $100 on that new horse"; "She played all her money on the dark horse"

  4. bet, wagerverb

    maintain with or as if with a bet

    "I bet she will be there!"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WAGERnoun

    Etymology: from wage, to venture.

    Love and mischief made a wager, which should have most power in me. Philip Sidney.

    The sea strove with the winds which should be louder; and the shrouds of the ship, with a ghastful noise to them that were in it, witnessed that their ruin was the wager of the other’s contention. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Full fast she fled, ne ever look’d behind;
    As if her life upon the wager lay. Fairy Queen.

    Besides these plates for horse-races, the wagers may be as the persons please. William Temple.

    Factious, and sav’ring this or t’other side,
    Their wagers back their wishes. Dryden.

    If any atheist can stake his soul for a wager, against such an inexhaustible disproportion; let him never hereafter accuse others of credulity. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Multiplication of actions upon the case were rare formerly, and there by wager of law ousted, which discouraged many suits. Matthew Hale.

  2. To Wagerverb

    To lay; to pledge as a bett; to pledge upon some casualty or performance.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    ’Twas merry, when you wager’d on your angling. William Shakespeare.

    He that will lay much to stake upon every flying story, may as well wager his estate which way the wind will sit next morning. Government of the Tongue.

    I feed my father’s flock;
    What can I wager from the common stock? Dryden.


  1. wager

    A wager is a formal agreement, typically in the form of a bet, where individuals predict the outcome of an event, with a loss or gain of a certain amount of money or property at stake, depending on the result.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wagerverb

    something deposited, laid, or hazarded on the event of a contest or an unsettled question; a bet; a stake; a pledge

  2. Wagerverb

    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

  3. Wagerverb

    that on which bets are laid; the subject of a bet

  4. Wagerverb

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

  5. Wagerverb

    to make a bet; to lay a wager

  6. Etymology: [OE. wager, wajour, OF. wagiere, or wageure, F. gageure. See Wage, v. t.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WAGER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wager is ranked #9488 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wager surname appeared 3,428 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Wager.

    92% or 3,154 total occurrences were White.
    3.7% or 127 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 70 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 33 total occurrences were Black.
    0.6% or 23 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 21 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of WAGER in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of WAGER in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of WAGER in a Sentence

  1. Rick Perry:

    You would not want to wager that your liberties and your freedoms in a country - the United States in this case - should be left solely to the free market.

  2. Melaine Rawn, Dragon Star 1: Stronghold:

    Consult your dragon before you wager his hide.

  3. Blaise Pascal:

    Let us weigh the gain and the loss, in wagering that God is. Consider these alternatives: if you win, you win all, if you lose you lose nothing. Do not hesitate, then, to wager that he is.

  4. Ken Jennings:

    Hell tell you, hell be like, Oh that small wager might come back to haunt you, kid.

  5. Pat Morrow:

    It’s not just having the usual stuff that people have been able to wager… it’s the conversation starter questions around those sports: what’s happening in those sports that keep them relevant, even when the first pitch of the season hasn’t started yet.

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