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[boo k-ee] /ˈbʊk i/
bookmaker (def 1).
Origin of bookie
1880-85; book(maker) + -ie Unabridged
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  • Exchanges allow people to bet with each other, rather than going through a licensed bookie or a parimutuel pool.
  • Customers can pay a bill, book a hotel room or place a bet without walking to the bank, travel agent or bookie.
  • Once again she meets the footman, who has now become a successful bookie.
  • He has rescued a stranger from an alley beating only to find the grateful bookie plying him with tips that pyramid into a fortune.
  • If the bet was placed with a bookie or made in any other illegal way you have no legal recourse.
  • According to a former bookie who appeared on the show, illegal sports wagering exists on nearly every college campus.
British Dictionary definitions for bookie


(informal) short for bookmaker
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bookie

1885, colloquial shortening of bookmaker in the wagering sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bookie



A person who accepts and handles bets on horse races; bookmaker (1880s+ Gambling)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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