American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Money given as a gratuity; a tip.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Drink-money; a douceur; a “tip.”
- n. a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)
- French, from pour boire, for drinking : pour, for (from Old French, from Latin prō; see pro-1) + boire, to drink (from Old French boivre, from Latin bibere; see beverage). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He knows the road; his sturdy horse is accustomed to the hills; he takes one for three francs an hour -- about half what is charged at Saratoga or Sharon or Richfield; he expects a few cents as pourboire, that is all.”
“After that, we came back to the Barriere de l'Etoile, where she gave me a good 'pourboire' and got into a hackney coach, telling me to take the travelling carriage back to the man who lets such carriages in the Cour des Coches, Faubourg Saint-Honore. ”
“It would be interesting to hear how these individuals squared Sir Fred's pourboire with the commitment they gave to RBS shareholders in the remuneration report to ensure that rewards would "be earned through achievement of demanding performance targets based on measures consistent with shareholder interests." ...”
“Most people with any sense of propriety whatsoever would think that his acceptance of this immodest pourboire for services rendered would immediately preclude him from holding the office of President of the EU Council on the basis that the conflict of interest would be plain as a pikestaff to all and sundry.”
“He had thought that this next six months would see France once more in its rightful place as the natural leader of Europe, handing out this fatcat job here, this little pourboire there, accepting the plaudits from a grateful Eurcracy and European political elite for a job well and truly done.”
“Some concessions would have to be made to Hitler, and Mussolini would expect a little pourboire for his own helpful behavior,49 but this could be accomplished by some horse-trading among colonies.”
“The men assumed Elizabeth or Mistress Champernowne had managed to send Lord Denno a message, and there was always a handsome pourboire for them when they all parted company again.”
“They knew, too, that their pourboire was always a little higher when Lord Denno and Lady Elizabeth were given a few moments of complete privacy-well, not complete; they could see the lord and lady, but they could not hear what was said.”
“He avoided the common conveyance or diligence, and insisted on travelling post and in a berline; but he could not bring himself to exceed the five-sou pourboire for the postillions.”
“Terms, 480 francs a month & a pourboire to the coachman, I to furnish lodging for the man & the horses, but nothing else.”
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