• n. The commission one receives for conducting a transaction, usually gambling or drug deals, but can also be used in day-to-day transactions.

Example Sentences

  • "Chaim took a 10% vig on that job he got me tutoring little Sholomo for his bar mitzvah."

Languages of Origin

  • Russian
  • Yiddish


  • vigorish - from Russian and Russian Yiddish "winnings"

    • Regions

      • North America


      • None


  • Not common. Detailed explanation of "vig" is given thorough explanation in David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest." Also shows up in Pynchon's "The Bleeding Edge."

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