Definition of baksheesh in English:


Syllabification: bak·sheesh
Pronunciation: /ˈbakSHēSH, bakˈSHēSH


(In parts of Asia) a small sum of money given as alms, a tip, or a bribe.
More example sentences
  • 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.’


based on Persian baḵšīš, from baḵšīdan 'give'.

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