[ buhk-shee, buhk-shee ]
/ ˈbʌk ʃi, ˌbʌkˈʃi /
Chiefly British Slang.


a gift, gratuity, or small bribe.
an extra ration or portion.


free of charge; gratuitous.

Origin of buckshee

First recorded in 1915–20; variant of baksheesh
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Examples from the Web for buckshee

  • Three-quarters of a bottle and a "buckshee" drink was the ration, and this obtained, men felt more fit for their labours.

  • The word "buckshee" comes from the Hindoo word "Backsheesh."

British Dictionary definitions for buckshee


/ (ˌbʌkˈʃiː) /


British slang without charge; free

Word Origin for buckshee

C20: from baksheesh
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