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[vig-er-ish] /ˈvɪg ər ɪʃ/
noun, Slang.
a charge paid on a bet, as to a bookie.
interest paid to a moneylender, especially a usurer.
Also called vig [vig] /vɪg/ (Show IPA).
Origin of vigorish
1910-15, Americanism; earlier viggresh, perhaps < an adaptation in Yiddish slang of Ukrainian výgrash or Russian výigrysh winnings, profit Unabridged
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  • Mind you, it ain't no vig'lance committee, but a mob, that's got him.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Drtt thotti sa dauglingr vera quado meth gumnom god-r kominn; sialfr gecc visi or vig thrimo ungum fra itrlauc grami.

    Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3 Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
  • A vig'lance committee is the coolest kind of comin' together of the integrity an' the brains of a commoonity.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for vig


(US, slang) the interest on a loan that is paid to a moneylender
Word Origin
C20: short for vigorish, prob. via Yiddish from Russian vyigrysh profit, winnings
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Contemporary definitions for vig

short for vigorish, a small fee charged to a buyer or seller by a third-party

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Slang definitions & phrases for vig



Profits of a bookmaker, a usurer, a criminal conspirator, a casino, etc: I'm not nailing you no vig for last week/ About 180 percent a year in interest, known in the trade as vigorish, vig, or juice

[1908+ fr gambling; probably fr Yiddish fr Russian vyigrysh, ''profit, winnings'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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