bet·tor | \ˈbe-tər \
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Definition of bettor 

: one that bets

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Synonyms for bettor


gambler, wagerer

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Examples of bettor in a Sentence

Thousands of bettors were at the race track last weekend. bettors on the horse race have to place their bets at least 20 minutes before the start of the race

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This is almost certainly an old-wives' tale, but many bettors swear that the horse that, ahem, relieves himself right before the race will be the winner. Allison Ross, The Courier-Journal, "Don't want to sound like a Derby newbie? Use these 8 tips and you'll be an instant insider," 31 Mar. 2018 The talk of Leonard to the Raptors as a possibility sent bettors to their betting establishments and drove up his odds. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "The Raptors are now co-favorites to acquire Kawhi Leonard," 12 July 2018 This means that casual bettors placed small wagers on the Cavs hoping for a high-odds payoff, but the sharps were putting their big bets on the Warriors. Michael Shapiro, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors historic favorites to win another NBA title," 30 May 2018 Just like at a racetrack, the bettor, be the wager placed in person or via technology, will have to front the amount. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "You can bet that sports bookies aren’t going away," 26 May 2018 In states that pass new laws to introduce sports betting, Youmans expects 75% of sports bettors who have been gambling illegally to turn to legal avenues and 25% to continue betting in the shadows with bookies and online outfits. Ross Dellenger,, "Like the Rest of College Football, the SEC Is Still Building Its Game Plan for Sports Betting," 5 June 2018 Denver was a 2-point favorite, a tribute to the Peyton Manning name and the amateur bettor money the Super Bowl draws. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Super Bowl history game-by-game, from Packers to Patriots | Miami Herald," 30 Jan. 2018 The Ocean Resort will open to the public at noon and though its opulent sportsbook isn’t ready, the casino will have about five auxiliary windows for bettors to lay action. Ed Barkowitz,, "Sports betting comes to Atlantic City boardwalk on Thursday with opening of Ocean Resort," 27 June 2018 Perhaps soon, bettors here might be wagering once again on the real thing. Sean Meagher,, "Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game 2 score, TV channel, how to watch live stream," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of bettor

1616, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bettor

: a person who makes a bet


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Kids Definition of bettor

: someone that bets

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evasion of direct action or statement

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