2. [syn: speculator, plunger]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Speculator \Spec"u*la`tor\ (sp[e^]k"[-u]*l[=a]`t[~e]r), n. [L.,
a spy, explorer, investigator: cf. F. sp['e]culateur.]
One who speculates. Specifically:
(a) An observer; a contemplator; hence, a spy; a watcher.
[Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.
(b) One who forms theories; a theorist.
A speculator who had dared to affirm that the human
soul is by nature mortal. --Macaulay.
(c) (Com.) One who engages in speculation; one who buys and
sells goods, land, etc., with the expectation of deriving
profit from fluctuations in price.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: someone who makes conjectures without knowing the facts
2: someone who risks losses for the possibility of considerable
gains [syn: speculator, plunger]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
54 Moby Thesaurus words for "speculator":
adventurer, armchair authority, betting ring, bettor, big operator,
boneshaker, cardshark, cardsharp, cardsharper, casuist,
compulsive gambler, cosmologist, crap shooter, doctrinaire,
doctrinarian, gambler, gamester, gunslinger, hazarder, hypothesist,
hypothesizer, lame duck, margin purchaser, metaphysician, operator,
petty gambler, philosophaster, philosophe, philosopher,
philosophizer, piker, player, plunger, punter, scalper, sharp,
sharper, sharpie, smart operator, sophist, sport, sporting man,
sportsman, stag, theoretic, theoretician, theorist, theorizer,
thinker, tinhorn, tipster, tout, venturer, wagerer
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Speculator, NY -- U.S. village in New York
Population (2000): 348
Housing Units (2000): 484
Land area (2000): 44.645288 sq. miles (115.630759 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 2.580705 sq. miles (6.683996 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 47.225993 sq. miles (122.314755 sq. km)
FIPS code: 70123
Located within: New York (NY), FIPS 36
Location: 43.526920 N, 74.363185 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 12164
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.