vig

vigorish

[vig-er-ish]
noun Slang.
1.
a charge paid on a bet, as to a bookie.
2.
interest paid to a moneylender, especially a usurer.
Also called vig [vig] .


Origin:
1910–15, Americanism; earlier viggresh, perhaps < an adaptation in Yiddish slang of Ukrainian výgrash or Russian výigrysh winnings, profit

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vig (vɪɡ)
 
n
slang (US) the interest on a loan that is paid to a moneylender
 
[C20: short for vigorish, prob. via Yiddish from Russian vyigrysh profit, winnings]

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Main Entry:  vig
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  short for vigorish, a small fee charged to a buyer or seller by a third-party
Etymology:  1968
Usage:  slang
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