Meaning of baksheesh in English:


Pronunciation /bakˈʃiːʃ/

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(also backsheesh)
mass noun
  • (in parts of Asia and North Africa) a small sum of money given as a tip, bribe, or charitable donation.

    ‘the children smiled back and asked for baksheesh’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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


Based on Persian baḵšīš, from baḵšīdan ‘give’.