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View synonyms for pawnbroker

pawnbroker

[ pawn-broh-ker ]

noun

  1. a person whose business is lending money at interest on personal, movable property deposited with the lender until redeemed.


pawnbroker

/ ˈpɔːnˌbrəʊkə /

noun

  1. a dealer licensed to lend money at a specified rate of interest on the security of movable personal property, which can be sold if the loan is not repaid within a specified period


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Derived Forms

  • ˈpawnˌbroking, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pawnbroker1

First recorded in 1680–90; pawn 1 + broker

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Example Sentences

If people had more money in their pockets, if the capitalist system worked better, then they wouldn’t need pawnbrokers as much in the first place.

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Gun sales have been through the roof in 2020, and some of the pawnbrokers I spoke to said they’ve truly never seen such a sustained boom in gun and ammunition sales as they have now, especially among first-time buyers.

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Pawnbrokers say that’s started to show up in their business now, too, as customers old and new are again in need of their services.

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People can sell their items to pawnbrokers directly as well, but that’s generally not the business model and not what most people do.

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The business of a pawnbroker is legally regulated by statute, and the states usually require him to get a license.

There was another booth of rather a singular kind—a temporary pawnbroker's, and who appeared to have a good brisk trade.

And here it was among razors and pistols and family Bibles in a pawnbroker's window.

I come hup jest when the perleeceman and the pawnbroker were a-gripping yer.

The pawnbroker looked from money to jewels and from jewels to money with an expression of curiously mingled grief and greed.

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