cumshaw

[ kuhm-shaw ]
/ ˈkʌm ʃɔ /
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noun

a present; gratuity; tip.

Nearby words

  1. cummin,
  2. cummings,
  3. cummings, e. e.,
  4. cummingtonite,
  5. cumquat,
  6. cumulate,
  7. cumulation,
  8. cumulative,
  9. cumulative distribution function,
  10. cumulative effect

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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