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baksheesh

[bak-sheesh, bak-sheesh] /ˈbæk ʃiʃ, bækˈʃiʃ/
noun
1.
a tip, present, or gratuity.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to give a tip.
Also, bakshish, bakshis.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Persian bakhshish gift
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British Dictionary definitions for baksheesh

baksheesh

/ˈbækʃiːʃ/
noun
1.
money given as a tip, a present, or alms
verb
2.
to give such money to (a person)
Word Origin
C17: from Persian bakhshīsh, from bakhshīdan to give; related to Sanskrit bhaksati he enjoys
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Word Origin and History for baksheesh
n.

1620s, in India, Egypt, etc., "a tip," from Persian bakhshish, literally "gift," from verb bakhshidan "to give" (also "to forgive"), from PIE root *bhag- "to share out, apportion, distribute" (see -phagous).

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