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or bakshish, bakshis

[bak-sheesh, bak-sheesh] /ˈbæk ʃiʃ, bækˈʃiʃ/ (in the Near and Middle East)
a tip, present, or gratuity.
verb (used with or without object)
to give a tip.
Origin of baksheesh
First recorded in 1615-25, baksheesh is from the Persian word bakhshish gift Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for baksheesh
Historical Examples
  • Those incapables had no doubt been after David for baksheesh, and he felt just that way.

    The Ship Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Still, I am sorry now I didn't contribute the baksheesh he expected.

    The Ship Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine
  • The first word these loons pronounce after coming into the world must be baksheesh.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • The next best thing to do is to forget the wish, pay two-pence in baksheesh and ride away to get the most of a glorious view.

    The Walls of Constantinople Bernard Granville Baker
  • For the first two years of war he kept out of the army by means of baksheesh.

  • In common with the rest of the world I had heard of baksheesh, but until then I never understood its magic power.

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray
  • What was more, he (p. 303) and his firm were never troubled any more with inexorable demands for baksheesh.

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
  • It put an end to baksheesh—graft as you call it—in Thebes, and it would be valuable to-day in Cairo, I should think.

    The Ship Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Mounted men were racing off full speed to Kabul and the other big towns; those who got in first received the baksheesh.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • Donkey-boys and arabeah-men aren't easily seduced when there's a question of baksheesh.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for baksheesh


money given as a tip, a present, or alms
to give such money to (a person)
Word Origin
C17: from Persian bakhshīsh, from bakhshīdan to give; related to Sanskrit bhaksati he enjoys
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for baksheesh

1620s, in India, Egypt, etc., "a tip," from Persian bakhshish, literally "gift," from verb bakhshidan "to give" (also "to forgive"), from PIE root *bhag- "to share out, apportion, distribute" (see -phagous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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