Definition of baksheesh in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He explained: ‘I love baksheesh because it gives me certainty and predictability.’’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.