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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Examples from the Web for cumshaw
Historical Examples of cumshaw
First, the doctor who had certified Ambassador Cumshaw's death.
Mr. Thrombley took the call, and I asked him was Mr. Cumshaw around.
And what other calls did you receive, prior to Mr. Cumshaw's death?
"Present for Missy; cumshaw," says the pleasant voice, and what can you do?
"As I remarked before, it's up to you," Cumshaw threw at me.
British Dictionary definitions for cumshaw
(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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