Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the East, a present or gratuity in money.
- n. alternative spelling of baksheesh.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter). Same as backsheesh.
- n. a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)
“Of our camel-men, some were Bedouin and some were negroes, and we found them on the whole honest and obliging, though with the usual keen eye for a possible bakshish, which is not uncommon elsewhere.”
“But while it was tempting to imagine that Hincapie is picking up a little off-season bakshish which is not to be confused with a little Wednesday hashish by doing stunt work in Hollywood, it really doesn't look like him, so I ultimately decided that, if this is indeed a stunt rider, then it's Grant Petersen.”
“Sultan Salàh, with the instincts of true hospitality, not only refused to receive remuneration for our entertainment, but loaded us with presents of food for the way and fodder for our animals, intimating that 'bakshish' to some of his dependents would not be altogether unacceptable.”
“And then they know nothing of the Egyptians and are horrified at "bakshish," which they really ought to pay for the privilege of shocking the straight-limbed, naked-footed Arab in his single rough garment with their baggy elephant-legged trousers!”
“Be aware that your handler will expect "bakshish" (a tip) for pictures that they take of you, or that you take of the camel.”
“The term meant the U.S. might have to tolerate the inevitable “bakshish,” the small cost-of-doing-business bribes that were part of Afghan culture.”
“I did not notice the picturesque Copts and the Armenians, did not register the toasted-sesame smell of the round bread loaves that passed beneath our noses on the panniers of a donkey, did not even hear the strange, flat clang of bells or the “bakshish” cries of the beggars or the polyglot of tongues.”
“Government officer was attempting to obtain money from his subordinates by illegal means; and _bakshish_ -- that bogie of the Nile Valley -- cast its shadow upon all men.”
“He was given ten rupees to attach himself to us, as an earnest of the good bakshish he would get at the coast, as he said all the other soldiers would go back from Shibahm, and really in that case I think he would have been glad of our escort.”
“The soldiers behaved most helpfully and the brave and bold Jabberi had not yet once mentioned bakshish in our hearing and were most polite.”
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