Main definitions of banker in English

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banker1

noun

  • 1A person who manages or owns a bank or group of banks.

    • ‘He supplied Glasgow coffee houses where the stockbrokers and bankers met to talk business and read the journals of the day.’
    • ‘The banker managed the personal wealth assets of some of the star CEOs of technology enterprises.’
    • ‘Around me in the East Stand upper tier are an assortment of senior company directors, bankers, hedge-fund managers, and, curiously, quite a few mini-cab drivers.’
    • ‘It is seeking to hire from Dublin investment banking professionals, asset management bankers, corporate finance, and project and trade finance experts.’
    • ‘And we all know that, as well as being a brilliant banker, Royal Bank boss Fred Goodwin is a very ambitious man.’
    • ‘We have been acting as bankers and managers to public issues.’
    • ‘Licensed stock brokers, bankers, and gambling-casino employees can all be checked by their employers as well.’
    • ‘‘There is still demand for business bankers, wealth managers, internal auditors and risk roles,’ said Cosgrove.’
    • ‘Also on Monday, 25 Jackson accountants, lawyers, bankers and managers will meet to discuss the star's business affairs.’
    • ‘City professionals include Lloyd's of London insurance men, financial PRs, lawyers and accountants as well as bankers and fund managers.’
    • ‘Horan, a former central banker and currently managing director of BoI Finance, is on the final shortlist for the position of deputy to Ruane.’
    • ‘They do it to bulge the bank accounts of bankers, company managers, and investors all over the world.’
    • ‘The article discusses six Barclays bankers who managed to spend £44,000 on one meal.’
    • ‘The frank talk focuses on profit, healthy food, markets, marketing, progressive management, and bankers.’
    • ‘In the 1960s he had a chance to take his Brooklyn factory public, but the bankers would give management only 40% of the deal.’
    • ‘If you have a black American Express card and a Ferrari in the garage, you also have a private banker managing your wealth.’
    • ‘While this is happening, property owners/speculators, bankers and financial services have never had it as good.’
    • ‘This led in 1881 to the incorporation of a privately owned company financed by industrialists and bankers with headquarters in Montreal.’
    • ‘Investment bankers spend millions on artists' lofts in scruffy, but fashionable parts of town.’
    • ‘He began meeting bankers and fund managers and mastered the workings of our financial sector.’
    investor, speculator, capitalist, industrialist, tycoon, magnate, business person, businessman, businesswoman, stockbroker
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    1. 1.1 The person running the table, controlling play, or acting as dealer in some gambling or board games.
      • ‘The banker puts a small puck or other marker on the table in front of him.’
      • ‘I, the ever level-headed banker, couldn't control myself.’
      • ‘Some play that after everyone else has made their initial bet, the banker looks at his own first card and can choose to double the bets.’
      • ‘Casino bankers are Samurai blades in the drawer, right?’
      • ‘The players other than the banker take turns to ask for cards and place bets.’
      • ‘The bankers on the other side of the table, Eliza and Franklin, chuckle good-naturedly.’
      • ‘When you bet, you place the money on the table and the banker detaches an equal amount from the bank to match your bet.’
      • ‘Once all bets are down, the banker rolls three six-sided dice marked with the same symbols as on the table.’
      • ‘To win at Pai Gow poker, you have to beat both of the banker's hands with both of your hands.’
      • ‘In Pai Gow Poker, do you ever recommend being the banker?’
      • ‘The reason is that you can lower variance in baccarat tournaments by betting on both banker and player in certain situations and guarantee a profit.’
      clerk, bank clerk, teller, bank teller, treasurer, bursar, purser
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  • 2British A supposedly certain bet.

    ‘the horse should be a banker for him in the Members' race’
    • ‘Next up was Baracouda, who was the banker of the meeting for many punters.’
    • ‘The opening race of the meeting, which began to the sound of the famous Cheltenham cheer, was won by Brave Inca, one of the Irish bankers of the meeting.’
    • ‘The banker bet of the Festival is still Baracouda for the Stayer's Hurdle, despite Crystal D' Ainays' impressive win in the Byrne Bros Cleeve Hurdle.’
    • ‘Oldham's banker bet for the tour is that unusual beast: the British nu-metal act, in this case, the Lostprophets.’
    • ‘Moscow Flyer also proved to be the pick of Geraghty's winners last year, taking the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the 10-year-old as his banker once again this year.’
    • ‘There won t be any Limestone Lad in the Stayers Hurdle but in Bannow Bay we have a horse that is definitely one of the Irish banker bets.’
    • ‘But the unpronounceable, unspellable Azertyuiop has everything it takes to be a Cheltenham Festival banker.’
    • ‘For many, the unbeaten Sweet Wake is a banker bet at the meeting though Carberry winces at the notion.’
    • ‘At this stage, Foster and Marshall look banker bets to be heading Down Under, though neither is taking anything for granted.’
    • ‘But by remounting and finishing third, McCoy saved punters who had included Pilca as a banker bet in their Placepots.’
    • ‘Even Baracouda, considered by many to be a bigger banker than Best Mate, had to settle for second in the Stayers' Hurdle in the race before the Gold Cup.’
    • ‘The defeat of their meeting banker Moscow Flyer in the Queen Mother Champion Chase meant the shamrocks were wilting towards the end of the second day of the annual three-day meeting.’
    • ‘On paper, if nothing else, they look to be something of a banker bet, but in a local derby situation you never can tell.’
    • ‘Favourite backers got off to a flying start when Irish banker Like-A-Butterfly won the Cheltenham Festival opener.’
    • ‘"We paid particular attention to their win and place percentages, as many people use top jockeys as their bankers in exotic bets, " he said.’
    • ‘At the same venue John Dunlop's Ridge Runner looks to be a banker's bet in the 3.25 race.’
    • ‘Reveley is highly confident, and Tees Components is the banker bet of the meeting, but I like the look of Gerard Butler's Conquestadora as an each-way shot.’
    • ‘I had thought that ‘This that and tother’ would be a banker but am very, very pleased for A.P. and Well Chief.’
    • ‘The banker has to be Baracouda (Stayers' Hurdle, Thur 1435).’
    • ‘Wanderers go to Molineux on Monday to take on a team that is a banker bet to make an instant return to the Nationwide League but has shown a willingness to fight to the death.’
    1. 2.1 A result forecast identically (while other forecasts differ) in several football-pool entries on one coupon.
      • ‘In light of recent results and performances this appeared to be an away banker on paper, but football is played on grass.’
      • ‘If they did, shrewd, at perhaps not so shrewd, punters would immediately name Newry Town's match as one of their bankers for a score draw.’
      • ‘You look at some games and they look like a guaranteed banker.’
      • ‘However, this season has surpassed even that of last term, with East Stirling very much the punter's friend if looking for a banker for the fixed odds coupon.’

Pronunciation

banker

/ˈbaŋkə/

Main definitions of banker in English

: banker1banker2

banker2

noun

  • 1A boat employed in cod fishing off Newfoundland.

    • ‘There has been a long and proud tradition of rowing in Callinafercy down through the years from the banker fishing boat to the present Four Oar and Seine Boat and now the One Design Boat.’
    1. 1.1 A Newfoundland fisherman.
  • 2NZ Australian informal A river flooded to the top of its banks.

    • ‘I was also reminded that after Tony's last big birthday affair, the skies opened up and the normally dry dusty Todd ran a banker for a couple of days.’
  • 3An additional locomotive used to assist a train in ascending an incline.

  • 4A bench at which a stonemason works.

Phrases

  • run (or come down) a banker

    • informal (of a river) flood to the top of, or over, its banks.

      ‘the creek is running a banker’
      • ‘I was also reminded that after Tony's last big birthday affair, the skies opened up and the normally dry dusty Todd ran a banker for a couple of days.’
      • ‘The Wirreanda, and other creeks, were running a banker after more than seven centimetres of rain.’
      • ‘They were back just in time to be saved from the deluge which came down on 6 March causing the creeks to be flooded and the Cooper to run a banker.’
      • ‘Things were crook in Tallarook and everywhere else after the Hawkesbury River ran a banker and washed away houses, stock and crops which left the colony to face a savage diet reduction starvation.’
      • ‘You're not likely to get lost around these extra-wide streets with gutters deep enough to have a bath in when they're "running a banker".’

Pronunciation

banker

/ˈbaŋkə/