Definition of bookie in English:



  • A bookmaker.

    • ‘Did you ever stand in a bookies shop on St Stephens Day for a period of time?’
    • ‘Betting on the result is likely to make the bookies a mint this year.’
    • ‘We have won them all bar one since then and now the bookies believe they are about to be taken to the cleaners once again.’
    • ‘The sound of several hundred bookies and professionals all shouting at once, all jeering and taunting.’
    • ‘It would be expensive for the bookies, but it would ensure that customers would not lose out if the business folded.’
    • ‘You wouldn't need bookies, because every horse in a race would come first!’
    • ‘The perception that everyone wants to have pubs and bookies is wrong.’
    • ‘Anyone who has worked in a bookies, as have I, can spot them a mile off.’
    • ‘Doubtless, the bookies will be rubbing their hands with glee no matter what lands the big prize.’
    • ‘I went into the bookies in Blackrock and had a shilling each way Drybob in error.’
    • ‘They went to the bookies early in the day and hopped from there to the pub.’
    • ‘Pubs are being joined by bookies in opening up early for the World Cup.’
    • ‘Odds like that are the shortest for 20 years and bookies face a six-figure payout.’
    • ‘Last year's winner Bobbyjo and Suny Bay will be among the bookies' favourites.’
    • ‘I hit the bookies in Pentonville Road to see if I can see any faces, but there's nobody I recognise.’
    • ‘He added the bookies were expecting the British betting shops to be profitable this year.’
    • ‘But the bookies might now be getting their calculators out to reassess the odds.’
    • ‘At this week's ceremony, the bookies' favourites distanced themselves from the prize.’
    • ‘He reflected that few active bookmakers were still around who could recall the days of illegal street bookies.’