vigorish

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. vignola, giacomo da,
  2. vigny,
  3. vigo,
  4. vigo, jean,
  5. vigor,
  6. vigoro,
  7. vigoroso,
  8. vigorous,
  9. vigorously,
  10. vigour

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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