baksheesh

[bak-sheesh, bak-sheesh] (in the Near and Middle East)
noun
1.
a tip, present, or gratuity.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to give a tip.
Also, bakshish, bakshis.


Origin:
1615–25; < Persian bakhshish gift

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baksheesh or in some Eastern countries, esp formerly backsheesh (ˈbækʃiːʃ)
 
n
1.  money given as a tip, a present, or alms
 
vb
2.  to give such money to (a person)
 
[C17: from Persian bakhshīsh, from bakhshīdan to give; related to Sanskrit bhaksati he enjoys]
 
backsheesh or in some Eastern countries, esp formerly backsheesh
 
n
 
vb
 
[C17: from Persian bakhshīsh, from bakhshīdan to give; related to Sanskrit bhaksati he enjoys]

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baksheesh
1620s, in India, Egypt, etc., "a tip," from Pers. bakhshish, lit. "gift," from verb bakhshidan "to give" (also "to forgive"), from PIE base *bhag- "to share out, apportion, distribute" (see -phagous).
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However, bakshish is more akin to tipping and is socially permissible.
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