[ 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.

Origin of vigorish

1910–15, Americanism; earlier viggresh, perhaps < an adaptation in Yiddish slang of Ukrainian výgrash or Russian výigrysh winnings, profit
Also called vig [vig] /vɪg/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vig


/ (vɪɡ) /


US slang the interest on a loan that is paid to a moneylender

Word Origin for vig

C20: short for vigorish, prob. via Yiddish from Russian vyigrysh profit, winnings
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