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[boo k-mey-ker] /ˈbʊkˌmeɪ kər/
a person who makes a business of accepting the bets of others on the outcome of sports contests, especially of horse races.
a person who makes books.
Origin of bookmaker
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English bokmakere. See book, maker
Related forms
bookmaking, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • Many of the ladies had spoken of the bookmaker as one of the best-mannered men on board.

    Mrs. Falchion, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • "You can't leave this large sum with the bookmaker," he objected.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • "Don't want it," repeated the bookmaker, his eyes roving over the crowd.

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • Marriage is a race in which the bookmaker invariably bolts with the money.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • But the bookmaker was stubborn and insisted on having a certain one or none.

  • Even in the Province, the happier the people, the less material for the bookmaker.

    A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White
  • "A hundred to five Tearaway," said the bookmaker, and his clerk booked it.

    Fast as the Wind Nat Gould
  • Third B. (after pausing to refresh himself, sardonically to Fourth bookmaker).

    Puppets at Large F. Anstey
British Dictionary definitions for bookmaker


a person who as an occupation accepts bets, esp on horseraces, and pays out to winning betters
Derived Forms
bookmaking, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bookmaker

also book-maker, 1510s, "printer and binder of books," from book (n.) + agent noun from make (v.). The wagering sense is from 1862. Related: Book-making (late 15c., betting sense 1824).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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