Baksheesh meaning

băkshēsh, băk-shēsh
A gratuity, tip, or bribe paid to expedite service, especially in the Near East.
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In Egypt, India, etc., a tip, a gratuity, or alms.
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(business, ethics) In the Middle East, southwest Asia and Eastern Europe, a bribe or tip paid to speed up services.
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To bribe with a baksheesh.
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Origin of baksheesh

  • Persian bakhshish present from Middle Persian bakhshishn from bakhshīdan bakhsh- to give presents from Avestan bakhsh- bhag- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Turkish bahşiş, from Persian بخشیش (bakhšīš, “present; an honorary or pecuniary gratuity; drink-money”) or بخشش (bakhšiš), from بخشیدن (bakhšīdan, “to give, grant, bestow”).

    From Wiktionary