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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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 Before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Golden State was so heavily favored against the Cleveland Cavaliers, bookies gave the Warriors -750 odds, meaning gamblers had to wager $7.50 just to win a single dollar back. Jacob Bogage,, "Analysis: Worst sports championship gaffes, from Bill Buckner to Chris Webber to J.R. Smith," 1 June 2018 Vegas bookies have given Gronkowski 69-1 odds to win the Belmont Stakes, an apparent nod to Gronk's favorite number. Nihal Kolur,, "Rob Gronkowski's Horse Given 69–1 Odds to Win the Belmont Stakes," 25 May 2018 The other day, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized sports betting, essentially transforming politicians from every state in America into bookies. John Kass,, "Supreme Court OKs sports betting: Let the states wet their beaks," 16 May 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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