book·​ie | \ ˈbu̇-kē How to pronounce bookie (audio) \
plural bookies

Definition of bookie

: a person who determines gambling odds and receives and pays off bets : bookmaker The "line"—the Vikings over the Giants by four points, for example—establishes the point spread that the bookie believes will attract gamblers in equal numbers to each side of the bet.— Jack El-Hai Funnily enough, I was never anxious to win one of these bets. I didn't want to collect from the bookie on any of them.— Art Buchwald

Examples of bookie in a Sentence

Their bookie is giving good odds.

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As each one does, bookies will go the way of the typewriter in the computer era. Marc Bona,, "Sports gambling Q&A: What the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling means," 15 May 2018 The American Gambling Association estimates that about $150 billion is wagered each year on sports, with all but $5 billion of it done illegally, through local bookies or off-shore accounts. Ross Dellenger,, "Like the Rest of College Football, the SEC Is Still Building Its Game Plan for Sports Betting," 5 June 2018 Additionally, bookies have been slashing the odds for Sturridge's departure in the last few days, with Inter the current favourites to sign the former Chelsea man., "Journalist Touts Inter as 'Interested' in Wantaway Liverpool Forward Daniel Sturridge," 17 Jan. 2018 Most bookies make traditional royal names eg Alice, Arthur, Philip, Victoria - and, of course, Diana - their early favourites. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Royal Baby Name Predictions Are Already Here," 15 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile Alice has remained a favorite of bookies for years given its royal pedigree as the name of both Queen Elizabeth's aunt and Prince Philip's mother. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "These Are the Most Likely Names for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby," 18 Oct. 2018 Going against the odds given by the bookies at the start of the season, Hughton's players avoided relegation with relative ease; ending the campaign in 15th, seven points clear of the drop., "Brighton Announce First Summer Signing of Deportivo Striker Florin Andone on 5-Year Deal," 25 May 2018 But that hasn't stopped bookies from laying odds on the possible gender and names for the next little Prince or Princess. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "These Are the Most Likely Names for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby," 18 Oct. 2018 When betting is outlawed, bookies cannot be held liable for taking advantage of their customers like this. Reuven Brenner, WSJ, "Legal Gambling Can Be Good for Sports—and Even for Opera," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of bookie

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bookie

by shortening & alteration

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