Definition of pawnbroking in US English:

pawnbroking

noun

  • See pawnbroker

    • ‘He is reported to have had a respectable pawnbroking business in Highbury, and another establishment which fenced stolen goods in the West End.’
    • ‘The business expanded from pawnbroking to take in jewellery and clothing, and for many years had a large trade among local country people.’
    • ‘You can, of course, take your job for granted if you work in the public sector, corporate recovery, pawnbroking, psychiatric care, litigation or medicine.’
    • ‘Property is another main area, along with bookmaking and pawnbroking.’
    • ‘But pawnbroking, cheque conversion and doorstep loans have been booming in recent years, feeding off poverty and inequality.’

Pronunciation

pawnbroking

/-kiNG/