from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that edits, prints, publishes, or binds books.
  • n. One who accepts and pays off bets, as on a horserace. Also called bookie.

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  • n. A person who prints or binds books
  • n. A person (or a business) who calculates odds and accepts bets, especially on horse racing; a bookie

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who writes and publishes books; especially, one who gathers his materials from other books; a compiler.
  • n. A betting man who “makes a book.” See To make a book, under Book, n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A printer and binder of books.
  • n. One who writes and publishes books; especially, a mere compiler.
  • n. One who makes a book (see book, n., 9) on a race or other doubtful event; a professional betting man. See extract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a maker of books; someone who edits or publishes or binds books
  • n. a gambler who accepts and pays off bets (especially on horse races)


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  • IrE; in AmE use bookie

    May 5, 2011