Definition of pourboire in English:


Pronunciation /po͝orˈbwär/ /pʊrˈbwɑr/


  • A gratuity; a tip.

    • ‘At 4,000 guineas, Prior made almost as much money as Pope-more, if you count the 4,000 Harley threw in by way of pourboire to buy Down Hall in Essex for Prior's life use.’
    present, donation, offering, contribution, handout, presentation, bestowal, largesse, alms, charity, bonus, award, premium, bounty, boon, favour, bequest, legacy, inheritance, settlement, subsidy, grant, endowment, benefaction


French, from pour boire, literally ‘(money) for drinking’.