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noun Slang.
  1. a charge paid on a bet, as to a bookie.
  2. interest paid to a moneylender, especially a usurer.
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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/.
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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


  1. US slang the interest on a loan that is paid to a moneylender
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Word Origin

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