Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A charge taken on bets, as by a bookie or gambling establishment.
  • n. The rate or amount of such a charge.
  • n. Slang Interest, especially excessive interest, paid to a moneylender.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A charge taken on bets, as by a bookie or gambling establishment.
  • n. The interest on a loan of money, especially for loans made by a usurer or loan shark.
  • n. An amount owed on account of or payment of a bookie's charge or of interest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an exorbitant or unlawful rate of interest
  • n. a percentage (of winnings or loot or profit) taken by an operator or gangster

Etymologies

Yiddish slang, from Russian vyigrysh, winnings : vy-, out; + igrat', to play.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish slang, from the Russian выигрыш (vyigrysh, "winnings"). (Wiktionary)

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  • This one is going on my Slavonicisms list.

    October 20, 2011

  • A contender for the "that suffix doesn't mean what you think it does" award, along with contumely and ruthless.

    October 20, 2011