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.
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, many Californians will place wagers illegally, either with bookies or offshore mobile apps. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Betting on 49ers to win Super Bowl? Here’s what you should know," 19 Jan. 2020 Overall, bookies see Trump as the clear favorite at 10-11, with Biden trailing at 5-1. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Biden becomes bookies' favorite for nomination but trails Trump in election odds," 9 Jan. 2020 The Citizens are favourites with the bookies to win this season's competition, and took another step forward to progressing from the group stages after beating Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 earlier this week thanks to goals from Sterling and Phil Foden., "Raheem Sterling Calls for Patience as Manchester City Seek First Champions League Crown," 3 Oct. 2019 The skepticism of Las Vegas bookies descended Tuesday night on the Bryce Jordan Center, where the nation’s No. Don Markus,, "No. 4 Maryland basketball’s 10-game winning streak to start season ends with 76-69 loss to Penn State," 10 Dec. 2019 In addition, Heidner and convicted bookie Dominic Buttitta own a building that is leased to an Elgin bar that’s a venue for Gold Rush video gambling machines. David Heinzmann,, "Despite scandal, lawmakers vote to block Illinois Gaming Board from preventing video gambling owners from selling without approval," 12 Nov. 2019 Schlichter, who feared the bookies would pressure him to throw games, was suspended for the entire 1983 season. Ken Belson, New York Times, "N.F.L. Suspends Cardinals Player for Betting," 29 Nov. 2019 Ratner runs all over town, wheedling bookies, flying off the handle, straining to keep a younger mistress. Jamie Lauren Keiles, New York Times, "Adam Sandler’s Everlasting Shtick," 27 Nov. 2019 Bets between friends are fine; taking bets like a bookie is not. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Sports betting slow in coming to California: Here’s what it might look like," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bookie

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bookie

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“Bookie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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