cumshaw

[ kuhm-shaw ]
/ ˈkʌm ʃɔ /

noun

a present; gratuity; tip.

Origin of cumshaw

1810–20; < dialectal Chinese (Xiamen) kam siā, equivalent to Chinese gân xiè grateful thanks
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cumshaw
/ (ˈkʌmʃɔː) /

noun

(used, esp formerly, by beggars in Chinese ports) a present or tip

Word Origin for cumshaw

C19: from pidgin English, from Chinese (Amoy) kam siā, from Mandarin kan hsieh grateful thanks
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