Definition of baksheesh in English:


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Pronunciation: /bakˈʃiːʃ
(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
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    • 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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