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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Sports bettors will have to wait another month before using the state of Oregon as their bookie. oregonlive, "Oregon Lottery delays rollout of sports betting app," 12 Sep. 2019 Basically assuring fat bankrolls for bookies in the seedy underworld and leaving the legal operations our state is sandwiched by in New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island as alternative options. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Free of federal restraints for more than a year, Connecticut remains unable to establish regulated sports gambling," 4 Aug. 2019 The mob demanded street taxes from bookies, and those who didn’t pay could wind up dead. John Keilman,, "Will local bookies survive when legal sports betting comes to Illinois? The odds look good.," 18 June 2019 Still, many villagers continue to place bets with local bookies on the numbers that will win Hong Kong’s lottery. The Economist, "The Chinese state manages the world’s second-biggest lottery industry," 29 Aug. 2019 Right now, bookies have the best odds on young British actress Florence Pugh, 23, as favorite for the role, while Bohemian Rhaposody star Lucy Boynton and Les Miserables' Ellie Bamber are also both close behind in the betting race. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Who Will Play Princess Diana in 'The Crown'? Everything We Know So Far," 12 Mar. 2019 The first, on Third Street, drew men from all over San Francisco and the Bay Area who played poker and gin rummy and placed bets with bookies in saloons with special gambling rooms. Gary Kamiya,, "SF ‘hobohemia’ transformed into Skid Row as jobs and city changed," 10 Aug. 2019 Bettors will no longer be forced into the black market to use offshore wagering operations or illicit bookies. New York Times, "Supreme Court Ruling Favors Sports Betting," 14 May 2018 We’re six weeks from the season openers, but the bookies are locked in. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Las Vegas speaks, and it likes the Pac-12 in season openers: Nine favorites expected by kickoff," 17 July 2019

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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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