Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something extra or left over that is obtained free.
  • n. An extra ration.
  • adj. Free of charge; gratis: "If they deposit these shares, too, in the scheme, they will get further buckshee shares on a one-for-one basis” ( Economist).
  • adj. Unsolicited; gratuitous: "The title was a bit of buckshee deceit, and had little to do with the plot” ( Financial Times).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gift or bribe.
  • n. An extra portion, ration etc.
  • adj. Free, without charge.

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

  • adj. free of charge

Etymologies

Variant of baksheesh.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
baksheesh (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Three-quarters of a bottle and a "buckshee" drink was the ration, and this obtained, men felt more fit for their labours.

    The Seventh Manchesters July 1916 to March 1919

  • Brigade sent us some "buckshee" camels at the eleventh hour, or at worst we got permission to send some stuff by train, when it could be delivered in due course somewhere within reach.

    The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918

  • However, two days 'soft sawdering with a plentiful supply of hill "buckshee," (spirits,) made them more communicative; and they at last informed me, if I would promise only to remain a week, they would show me the wild sheep.

    Forest & Frontiers

  • Your first example was about a guy getting physically assualted, you then go on to call the war memorial "buckshee" when it was funded by the townspeople to commemorate their lost people, then go on to rewarding a foreigner who is getting awarded UK resources after breaking our laws and finish up with our injured getting pay outs reduced.

    Army Rumour Service

  • Indeed there are fairly stable, fairly democratic countries in asia where buckshee rules the roost.

    David Davis: Revived Speculation About Grasp of Reality

  • And wolfbone balefires blaze the trailmost if only that Mary Nothing may burst her bibby buckshee.

    Finnegans Wake

  • I second that, from the standpoint of someone whose Arabic consists of bint, buckshee and a few other words picked up from my father, who served in Egypt in the 30s.

    languagehat.com: FAKIR/FAKER

  • It had taken Audley four days to complete his report on the current state of the Central Intelligence Agency, which was three days less than he had allowed himself originally; and which, he reminded himself irritably, would have left him ten days buckshee holiday with Faith and Cathy if he hadn't been conned, bullied and dragooned into messing around with politicians 'chestnuts to absolutely no effect.

    War Game

  • William and I, when we used to discuss after-the-war prospects o 'nights in the old days, were more or less resigned to a buckshee year or two of filling shell-holes up and pulling barbed wire down.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, February 5, 1919

  • "Buckshee" the English troops call anything that you might have to spare, such as "Have you a buckshee razor?" meaning "Have you a spare razor?"

    Into the Jaws of Death

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