Definition of baksheesh in US English:



  • (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’
    • ‘He explained: ‘I love baksheesh because it gives me certainty and predictability.’’
    • ‘By the time we finished, a small group of children had gathered around our car and they called out in Arabic, ‘baksheesh! baksheesh!’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since the average baksheesh for foreigners is between 10 and 20 leva, I am well ahead of the game.’
    • ‘Elders make an income by taxi driving and baksheesh from tomb guardianship.’
    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’.