Etymology
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baksheesh (n.)

1620s (variously spelled), in India, Egypt, etc., "a gratuity, present in money," from Persian bakhshish, literally "gift," from verb bakhshidan "to give" (also "to forgive"), from PIE root *bhag- "to share out, apportion; to get a share."

updated on May 20, 2017

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Definitions of baksheesh from WordNet

baksheesh (n.)
a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter);
Synonyms: gratuity / tip / pourboire / bakshish / bakshis / backsheesh
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