baksheesh definition by Webster's New World
Origin: probably via Arabic baqshīsh or Anglo-Indian bucksheesh ; from Persian baḫšiš ; from baḫšīdan, to give; akin to Sanskrit bhájah, (he) allots: see -phagous
baksheesh definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. baksheesh
Origin: Persian bakhshish, present, from Middle Persian bakhshishn, from bakhshīdan, bakhsh-, to give presents, from Avestan bakhsh-; see bhag- in Indo-European roots.