- 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
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Examples from the Web for bookmaking
He could, however, be a racketeer specializing in bookmaking, gambling, drug dealing, and assorted other crime.Whitey Bulger Trial Kicks Off in Boston
June 13, 2013
In this game of illusion the sound principles of bookmaking are forsaken.The Booklover and His Books
Harry Lyman Koopman
The details of the bookmaking, however, were gone into thoroughly.
I then pointed out the beauties of the volume as a piece of bookmaking.
As a piece of bookmaking The Zincali is by no means notable.The Life of George Borrow
It is true that there are abysses in bookmaking: for example, welshing.Mrs. Warren's Profession
George Bernard Shaw
- a person who as an occupation accepts bets, esp on horseraces, and pays out to winning betters
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Word Origin and History for bookmaking
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