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cumshaw

[kuhm-shaw]
noun
  1. a present; gratuity; tip.
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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.

    Lone Star Planet

    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire

  • Mr. Thrombley took the call, and I asked him was Mr. Cumshaw around.

    Lone Star Planet

    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire

  • And what other calls did you receive, prior to Mr. Cumshaw's death?

    Lone Star Planet

    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire

  • "Present for Missy; cumshaw," says the pleasant voice, and what can you do?

    Peking Dust

    Ellen N. La Motte

  • "As I remarked before, it's up to you," Cumshaw threw at me.

    The Lost Valley

    J. M. Walsh


British Dictionary definitions for cumshaw

cumshaw

noun
  1. (used, esp formerly, by beggars in Chinese ports) a present or tip
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Word Origin for cumshaw

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