- 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/.
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Related Wordsfee, taste, chunk, juice, ante, slice, end, pay, bite, cut, percentage, bonus, stipend, discount, royalty, payment, salary, compensation, indemnity, piece
Examples from the Web for vigorish
Watch for the agency to slap still more restraints on Comcast as a vigorish for letting it buy Time Warner Cable.A Deal Between Apple and Comcast Could Kill Netflix and Change the Future of Net-TV
March 25, 2014
Big gambling layouts know within minutes if a table is not making its vigorish.Vigorish
Gordon Randall Garrett