A gratuity, tip, or bribe paid to expedite service, especially in the Near East.
In Egypt, India, etc., a tip, a gratuity, or alms.
To bribe with a baksheesh.
Other Word Forms
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