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[ book-mey-ker ]


  1. a person who makes a business of accepting the bets of others on the outcome of sports contests, especially of horse races.
  2. a person who makes books.


/ ˈbʊkˌmeɪkə /


  1. a person who as an occupation accepts bets, esp on horseraces, and pays out to winning betters
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˈbookˌmaking, noun
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Other Words From

  • bookmaking noun adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of bookmaker1

First recorded in 1375–1425, bookmaker is from the late Middle English word bokmakere. See book, maker
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Example Sentences

So it’s definitely very interesting for bookmakers — and that’s why I believe that it’s the next big thing in esports.

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This track record at Augusta and Spieth’s revitalized form explains why he is taking a lot of money with the bookmakers.

Big British bookmaker Coral has suspended betting on Kate announcing she is pregnant again before the end of this month.

Mitchell (not her real name) is not your typical bookmaker, reigning over a group of 30 participants in her Bachelor betting pool.

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power funded the trips to the Hermit Kingdom, but stopped after Kim Jong-Un purged his uncle.

You could get the numbers of the notes from Kentman the bookmaker, Inspector; he'll probably have the big ones, anyway.

By return of post came the desired release from the bookmaker, and Mr. Arundel handed it to the boy with a pleasant smile.

The bookmaker was Nicholas Gerard, always called Nick by everybody.

"Even hundred nobody names it," yelled a bookmaker in the ring.

Yes: a bookmaker is a man who lives by betting on the races.


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More About Bookmaker

What does bookmaker mean?

A bookmaker is a person or institution whose business is accepting other people’s gambling bets, such as on sporting events.

A bookmaker is more commonly called a bookie, especially when it refers to a person. The word book in bookmaker refers to a record of bets.

The words bookie and bookmaker are sometimes associated with illegal betting operations, especially those run by organized crime groups. However, being a bookmaker can be done legally. Still, as modern sports betting becomes more widespread, sophisticated, and run by large businesses, the image of a bookmaker as a shady person writing down bets by hand in a book is likely on the decline.

The word bookmaker can also refer to a person or company that makes books.

Example: I got a hot tip on a horse—I better call my bookmaker!

Where does bookmaker come from?

The first records of the word bookmaker come from around 1400. The word book in bookmaker refers to a record of bets. The word maker is used in the same way in the related word oddsmaker.

A bookmaker is often also an oddsmaker—the person (or organization) that sets the odds for a particular contest. The bookmaker usually makes money by adding their profits into the odds of each bet.

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How is bookmaker used in real life?

Bookmaker is always used in the context of betting, whether legal or otherwise.


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