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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 bakshisses

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 bakshisses

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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