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cumshaw

[kuhm-shaw] /ˈkʌm ʃɔ/
noun
1.
a present; gratuity; tip.
Origin
dialectal Chinese
1810-1820
1810-20; < dialectal Chinese (Xiamen) kam siā, equivalent to Chinese gân xiè grateful thanks
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British Dictionary definitions for cumshaw

cumshaw

/ˈkʌmʃɔː/
noun
1.
(used, esp formerly, by beggars in Chinese ports) a present or tip
Word Origin
C19: from pidgin English, from Chinese (Amoy) kam siā, from Mandarin kan hsieh grateful thanks
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