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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Well, pro sports bookies have no sentiment, and one of them,, lists the Warriors No. 4 on the list of most likely champs, at 13-to-1. Scott Ostler,, "Maybe Warriors’ party is just getting started," 10 July 2019 In fact, bookies revealed just 60 bets were placed on Archie at 100/1, amounting to exactly $130. Stephanie Petit,, "Archie Mania! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Son Has Inspired the Most Popular Baby Name of 2019," 9 July 2019 The stars pull their weight, but keep an eye on Kevin Dunn as Ward's weary police captain; J. Bernard Calloway; Lee Tergesen as a bookie; and the great Cathy Moriarty as the mother of gangsters. Robert Lloyd,, "Review: Cop drama 'City On A Hill' finds Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's Boston is no beacon," 14 June 2019 Johnson is the bookies' favorite and has won the backing of many Brexiteer Conservatives by promising Britain will quit the EU by Oct. 31, with or without a divorce deal. Fox News, "UK leadership favorite Boris Johnson vows to deliver Brexit," 12 June 2019 The bookies' thought so, the fans thought so and so did the experts. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "US breaks scoring record in emphatic Women's World Cup display," 11 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of bookie

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bookie

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