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bookie

[boo k-ee]
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noun
  1. bookmaker(def 1).
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Origin of bookie

First recorded in 1880–85; book(maker) + -ie
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Examples from the Web for bookie

Historical Examples

  • Does the bookie ask you how much coin you have and if you can afford to lose it?

    The Garden of Eden

    Max Brand

  • Such determination on so young a face the bookie thought he had never seen.

    Boy Woodburn

    Alfred Ollivant

  • "Got you, sonny," said the bookie, and bolted with a half-hearted grin.

    Boy Woodburn

    Alfred Ollivant

  • Then he returned to the Paddock, passing a bookie with uplifted hand of protest.

    Boy Woodburn

    Alfred Ollivant

  • "He's a powerful great horse, Mr. Woodburn," smiled the bookie.

    Boy Woodburn

    Alfred Ollivant


British Dictionary definitions for bookie

bookie

noun
  1. informal short for bookmaker
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Word Origin and History for bookie

n.

1885, colloquial shortening of bookmaker in the wagering sense.

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