in Egypt, India, etc., a tip, a gratuity, or alms
Origin of baksheeshprobably via Arabic baqshīsh or Anglo-Indian bucksheesh ; from Persian baḫšiš ; from baḫšīdan, to give; akin to Sanskrit bhájah, (he) allots: see -phagous
A gratuity, tip, or bribe paid to expedite service, especially in the Near East.
Origin of baksheeshPersian bakhshish, present, from Middle Persian bakhshishn, from bakhshīdan, bakhsh-, to give presents, from Avestan bakhsh-; see bhag- in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural baksheeshes)
(third-person singular simple present baksheeshes, present participle baksheeshing, simple past and past participle baksheeshed)
- To bribe with a baksheesh.