or bak·shish, bak·shis

[ 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.


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Origin of baksheesh

First recorded in 1615–25, baksheesh is from the Persian word bakhshish gift

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British Dictionary definitions for bakshish



(in some Eastern countries, esp formerly)


money given as a tip, a present, or alms


to give such money to (a person)

Word Origin for baksheesh

C17: from Persian bakhshīsh, from bakhshīdan to give; related to Sanskrit bhaksati he enjoys
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