book·ie | \ˈbu̇-kē \

Definition of bookie 

Examples of bookie in a Sentence

Their bookie is giving good odds.

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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 As far as the odds of her wearing Ralph & Russo—again, there's no one on the record yet—the line is a favorite amongst the bookie crowd in the UK, which yes, is betting on the designer of the royal wedding dress. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "We Might Have Just Gotten a Big Clue About Who's Designing Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress," 5 May 2018 As if there isn't enough fanfare surrounding the impeding nuptials of Price Harry and Meghan Markle, British bookies have actually hyped the upcoming royal wedding into a full-fledged sport. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Designer Might've Just Been Leaked, Thanks to Gamblers," 20 Feb. 2018 The 59-year-old bookie would deposit the converted checks into her own Wells Fargo account. Nihal Kolur,, "Marlins Man Defrauded of Almost $1.5 Million by Bookeeper," 15 June 2018 In wiretaps for a sprawling federal indictment in 2013, bookies were caught repeatedly referring to BetCris as one of their tools for making large bets. New York Times, "When Sports Betting Is Legal, the Value of Game Data Soars," 2 July 2018 Such risks are why some local bookies have survived the rise of online sportsbooks. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Your Neighborhood Sports Bookie Isn’t Going Anywhere," 26 June 2018 Luckily, British bookies, which will take bets on nearly anything, are here to help fill that void. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, enters hospital in early stages of labor," 23 Apr. 2018 But for those looking to make their finale night a little bit more interesting, bookies have declared that Aquaria is their favorite to win this year’s crown. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Betting Experts Are Picking Aquaria to Win 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of bookie

1877, in the meaning defined above

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