Wa"ger, v. i. To make a bet; to lay a
'T was merry when Shak.
You wagered on your angling.
Wa"ger, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Wagered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Wagering.]
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.
And wagered with him Shak.
Pieces of gold 'gainst this which he wore.
Wa"ger (?), n. -- Wagering, or
gambling, contract. A contract which
is of the nature of wager. Contracts of this nature include various
common forms of valid commercial contracts, as contracts of insurance,
contracts dealing in futures, options, etc. Other wagering contracts
and bets are now generally made illegal by statute against betting and
gambling, and wagering has in many cases been made a criminal
Wa"ger (?), n. [OE. wager,
wajour, OF. wagiere, or wageure, E. gageure.
See Wage, v. t.]
1. Something deposited, laid, or hazarded on the
event of a contest or an unsettled question; a bet; a stake; a
Besides these plates for horse races, the wagers may
be as the persons please. Sir W. Temple.
If any atheist can stake his soul for a wager against
such an inexhaustible disproportion, let him never hereafter accuse others
of credulity. Bentley.
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
☞ At common law a wager is considered as a legal contract which the
courts must enforce unless it be on a subject contrary to public policy, or
immoral, or tending to the detriment of the public, or affecting the
interest, feelings, or character of a third person. In many of the United
States an action can not be sustained upon any wager or bet.
3. That on which bets are laid; the subject of a
Wager of battel, or Wager of battle
(O. Eng. Law), the giving of gage, or pledge, for trying a cause
by single combat, formerly allowed in military, criminal, and civil causes.
In writs of right, where the trial was by champions, the tenant produced
his champion, who, by throwing down his glove as a gage, thus waged,
or stipulated, battle with the champion of the demandant, who, by taking up
the glove, accepted the challenge. The wager of battel, which has
been long in disuse, was abolished in England in 1819, by a statute passed
in consequence of a defendant's having waged his battle in a case which
arose about that period. See Battel. -- Wager of
law (Law), the giving of gage, or sureties, by a
defendant in an action of debt, that at a certain day assigned he would
take a law, or oath, in open court, that he did not owe the debt, and at
the same time bring with him eleven neighbors (called compurgators),
who should avow upon their oaths that they believed in their consciences
that he spoke the truth. -- Wager policy.
(Insurance Law) See under Policy.