Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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)

Etymologies

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Examples

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  • BetonSports. com, a UK bookmaker, is offering numerous bets on what will befall the "Butcher of Baghdad" by December 31, 2004.

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  • "A bookmaker is someone who has thirty or fifty customers," he says.

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  • “So you know the slang for bookmaker, do you?” he asked, surprised that she did.

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  • Sunday's reports alleged that Higgins called a bookmaker to place a bet of around £1,000 on himself to lose at the halfway point of last year's final, which he went on to win.

    The Guardian World News

  • The disclosure that a leading Sri Lankan cricketer was under suspicion for too much late-night conviviality with a bookmaker is a warning that the Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL) is not immune to investigation by ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

    The Times of India

  • In the harsh glare of sunlit transparency, everyone can see that the emperor (the crooked bookmaker, that is) has no clothes.

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  • The bookmaker is the Classic's current backer but it would have been a surprising association at the end of the second world war, 16 years before betting shops were legalised.

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  • Bacon by "bookmaker" meant "playwright," he put a modest value on his poetical work!

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  • The stockbroker is a kind of bookmaker, and the men and women who patronise both and make their wealth are fools who all may be lumped under the same heading.

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