Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the East, a present or gratuity in money.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter). Same as backsheesh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of baksheesh.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)

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Examples

  • 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.

    Southern Arabia

  • 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.

    Say It Loud: "I Ride and I'm Proud"

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Southern Arabia

  • 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!

    Condensed Novels: New Burlesques

  • Be aware that your handler will expect "bakshish" (a tip) for pictures that they take of you, or that you take of the camel.

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  • 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.

    Obama’s Wars

  • 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.

    O Jerusalem

  • 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.

    O Jerusalem

  • 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.

    The Treasury of Ancient Egypt Miscellaneous Chapters on Ancient Egyptian History and Archaeology

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