cumshaw

cumshaw

[kuhm-shaw]
noun
a present; gratuity; tip.

Origin:
1810–20; < dialectal Chinese (Xiamen) kam siā, equivalent to Chinese gân xiè grateful thanks

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cumshaw (ˈkʌmʃɔː)
 
n
(used, esp formerly, by beggars in Chinese ports) a present or tip
 
[C19: from pidgin English, from Chinese (Amoy) kam siā, from Mandarin kan hsieh grateful thanks]

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