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

Examples from the Web for vig

Contemporary Examples of vig

  • For example, vaccinia immune globulin, or VIG, is stored and ready for the next person who becomes ill from smallpox vaccine.

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    Kent Sepkowitz

    August 1, 2014

Historical Examples of vig

  • 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 for vig

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