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vigorish

[vig-er-ish] /ˈvɪg ər ɪʃ/
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] /vɪg/ (Show IPA).
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism; earlier viggresh, perhaps < an adaptation in Yiddish slang of Ukrainian výgrash or Russian výigrysh winnings, profit
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British Dictionary definitions for vig

vig

/vɪɡ/
noun
1.
(US, slang) the interest on a loan that is paid to a moneylender
Word Origin
C20: short for vigorish, prob. via Yiddish from Russian vyigrysh profit, winnings
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Contemporary definitions for vig
noun

short for vigorish, a small fee charged to a buyer or seller by a third-party

Word Origin

1968

Usage Note

slang

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Slang definitions & phrases for vig

vig

noun

Profits of a bookmaker, a usurer, a criminal conspirator, a casino, etc: I'm not nailing you no vig for last week/ About 180 percent a year in interest, known in the trade as vigorish, vig, or juice

[1908+ fr gambling; probably fr Yiddish fr Russian vyigrysh, ''profit, winnings'']


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Related Abbreviations for vig

vig

vigorish
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