Definition of baksheesh in English:


(also backsheesh)


mass noun
  • (in parts of Asia) a small sum of money given as alms, a tip, or a bribe.

    ‘the children smiled back and asked for baksheesh’
    • ‘Elders make an income by taxi driving and baksheesh from tomb guardianship.’
    • ‘Since the average baksheesh for foreigners is between 10 and 20 leva, I am well ahead of the game.’
    • ‘He explained: ‘I love baksheesh because it gives me certainty and predictability.’’
    • ‘In the old days the uncertainty provided a lucrative source of supplemental income for town-hall bureaucrats who would tip you the wink for a little discreet baksheesh.’
    • ‘By the time we finished, a small group of children had gathered around our car and they called out in Arabic, ‘baksheesh! baksheesh!’’
    present, donation, offering, contribution, handout, presentation, bestowal, largesse, alms, charity, bonus, award, premium, bounty, boon, favour, bequest, legacy, inheritance, settlement, subsidy, grant, endowment, benefaction
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Based on Persian baḵšīš, from baḵšīdan ‘give’.