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[boo k-ee] /ˈbʊk i/
bookmaker (def 1).
Origin of bookie
First recorded in 1880-85; book(maker) + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This makes you an 'Investment Counselor, short-term transactions only,' and removes from you the odious nomenclature of 'bookie.'

    The Big Fix George Oliver Smith
  • Does the bookie ask you how much coin you have and if you can afford to lose it?

    The Garden of Eden Max Brand
  • "Got you, sonny," said the bookie, and bolted with a half-hearted grin.

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

    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
  • The Boss hadn't a word left in him, but I wouldn't have met him in the ring about then for anything less'n a bookie's bundle.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • That single afternoon would thus bring me in five hundred thousand pounds—provided the bookie did not blow his brains out.

  • For instance, have you ever heard of Percy Pook, the bookie?

    A Man of Means P. G. Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill
  • The bookie looked just once at me, and I'll never forget how his eyebrows went together.

    The Garden of Eden Max Brand
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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