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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 of vigorish
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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  • 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.
  • Mind you, it ain't no vig'lance committee, but a mob, that's got him.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • 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

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

vidiot

noun

A person addicted to television; vidaholic: Daytime? That's when you give America's vidiots pure junk food (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for vig

vig

vigorish
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