Vigorish definition

vĭgər-ĭsh
A fee charged for the placement of bets by an illegal gambling broker or establishment.
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The payment of such fees or interest.
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The advantage in betting odds that a bookmaker or gambler creates to produce profit.
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Excessive interest as charged by a loan shark.
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(uncountable, slang) A charge taken on bets, as by a bookie or gambling establishment.
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(uncountable, slang) The interest on a loan of money, especially for loans made by a usurer or loan shark.
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(countable, slang) An amount owed on account of or payment of a bookie's charge or of interest.
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Frequent and excessive interest payments charged by an illegal moneylender.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
vigorish
Plural:
vigorishes

Origin of vigorish

  • Yiddish slang from Russian vyigrysh winnings vy- out ud- in Indo-European roots igrat' to play

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Yiddish slang, from the Russian выигрыш (vyigrysh, “winnings").

    From Wiktionary