vigorish definition by Webster's New World
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- the advantage in betting odds that a bookmaker or gambler creates to produce profit
- excessive interest as charged by a loan shark
Origin: probably via Yiddish ; from Russian vyigrysh, winnings, profit
vigorish definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- a. A charge taken on bets, as by a bookie or gambling establishment.b. The rate or amount of such a charge.
- Interest, especially excessive interest, paid to a moneylender.
Origin: Yiddish slang, from Russian vyigrysh, winnings : vy-, out; see ud- in Indo-European roots + igrat', to play.
vigorish - Business Definition
The fee charged by a bookmaker or gaming operator. For example, the casino dealer takes a fee at the poker table. Also called juice, vig.