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[poor-bwar; English poo r-bwahr]
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noun, plural pour·boires [poor-bwar; English poo r-bwahrz] /purˈbwar; English pʊərˈbwɑrz/. French.
  1. a gratuity; tip.
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Origin of pourboire

literally, for drinking
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Historical Examples

  • Tartarin went up to give him a pourboire, as he had seen all the other tourists do.

    Tartarin On The Alps

    Alphonse Daudet

  • And a pourboire is a pourboire, whether intentional or otherwise.

    Zut and Other Parisians

    Guy Wetmore Carryl

  • He took his pourboire and left the rest, just as he treated monsieur.

    A Book of Ghosts

    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • Like the cocher of Paris they all expect and ask for a pourboire.

  • "Nay, thou shalt have pourboire," and he gave him a small coin.

British Dictionary definitions for pourboire


  1. a tip; gratuity
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Word Origin

literally: for drinking
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