from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A gratuity, tip, or bribe paid to expedite service, especially in some Near Eastern countries.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In the Middle East, southwest Asia and Eastern Europe, a bribe or tip paid to speed up services.
- v. To bribe with a baksheesh.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as backsheesh.
- n. A relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter). Same as backsheesh.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)
Persian bakhshish, present, from Middle Persian bakhshishn, from bakhshīdan, bakhsh-, to give presents, from Avestan bakhsh-; see bhag- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Turkish bahşiş, from Persian بخشیش (bakhšīš, "present; an honorary or pecuniary gratuity; drink-money") or بخشش (bakhšiš), from بخشیدن (bakhšīdan, "to give, grant, bestow"). (Wiktionary)