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See also: Vig and víg



Clipping of vigorish, from Yiddish וויגריש(vigrish), from Russian вы́игрыш (výigryš, winnings).


  • IPA(key): /vɪɡ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪɡ


vig (countable and uncountable, plural vigs)

  1. (slang) A charge taken on bets, as by a bookie or gambling establishment.
    • 1984, Patrick, John, Craps, →ISBN, page 11:
      The house sets vigs on any game they allow you to bet on. It is your responsibility to play only those games where the vig is not prohibitive. Let's take one more look at how vigorish works for the house.
    • 2009, Winston, Wayne L., Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics, page 256:
      The bookmaker's mean profit per dollar bet is called vigorish or “the vig.” In our example, 11 + 11 = $22 is bet, and the bookmaker wins $1 so the vig is 1/22 = 4.5%.
    • 2016, Andersch, Mark, By an Addict, for an Addict[2], →ISBN:
      The vig is like your "tax" paid on a bet which goes to the bookie. For example, every $100 I would bet, I had a vig of $10. So if I bet $500 and lost that bet, I would owe $550. Trust me, when you don't win, the vigs add up quick!
  2. (US slang, crime) Interest from a loan shark's loan.
    • 1973, Martin Scorsese, Mardik Martin (screenplay), Mean Streets, quoted in 2009, Ellis Cashmore, Martin Scorsese's America, page 118,
      “You charged a guy from the neighborhood $1800 vig?” he asks incredulously (“vig” is short for vigorish, meaning a rate of interest from a loan from an illegal moneylender).
    • 2005, Lione, F. P., The Crossroads (Midtown Blue Book; 2), page 100:
      The guy was probably professional muscle, a leg breaker who collects vig for a loan shark. (Vig is a mob term for interest on loans to a loan shark.)
    • 2009, Bostick, Davinia, The Match, →ISBN, page 91:
      "Look, I know I owe you and I know I'm late but I'm good for it. I am. In fact I'll pay you triple what I owe. Triple! Plus the missing vigs, but I need some help first."
  3. A commission, finder's fee, or similar extra charge.




From Proto-Albanian *uig-, from Proto-Indo-European *u(e)i-K- (to revolve, turn, twist). Cognate to Old English wice (patch) and Old Norse vik (bight).[1]


vig m (indefinite plural vigje, definite singular vigu, definite plural vigjet)

  1. stretcher, litter, bier, transition (consisting of beams)
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  1. ^ Demiraj, Bardhyl (1997) Albanische Etymologien: Untersuchungen zum albanischen Erbwortschatz [Albanian Etymologies: Investigations into the Albanian Inherited Lexicon] (Leiden Studies in Indo-European; 7)‎[1] (in German), Amsterdam, Atlanta: Rodopi, page 418





  1. imperative of viga.


vig (comparative vigare, superlative vigast)

  1. (of a person) limber, supple





vig (nominative plural vigs)

  1. week
  2. sennight, sevennight