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a tip, present, or gratuity.
to give a tip.
Historical Examples

bakshish is a gift of money which an Oriental expects and demands for the most trifling service.
The Red Cross in Peace and War Clara Barton

bakshish they call it here too; that word accompanies you round the world!
Round the Wonderful World G. E. Mitton

bakshish, a word used all over the East to denote a small fee for some small service rendered.
The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood

“Your nobility will remember the bakshish,” said one of them to Ahmed as they started.
Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang

I knew there would be bakshish, which I didn’t like to put the Mudir in for, after all he had done.
McClure’s Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 6, October, 1908 Various

My husband said he would pay for the twenty days and they would thus have thirty dollars as bakshish.
Southern Arabia Theodore Bent

He is a humble youth, will accept twopence as bakshish, and be your dog for a florin.
Through the Land of the Serb Mary Edith Durham

The sheikh and his supporters are much addicted to bakshish, which enables many a culprit to escape punishment.
Ten Years’ Captivity in the Mahdi’s Camp 1882-1892 F. R. Wingate

Still more men and boys were gazing up at the ship and calling loudly for “bakshish.”
The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I Herbert Brayley Collett

Nilratan spoke to the peons: “There has been no occasion for bakshish; you shan’t have it.”
The Hungry Stones And Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore

money given as a tip, a present, or alms
to give such money to (a person)

1620s, in India, Egypt, etc., “a tip,” from Persian bakhshish, literally “gift,” from verb bakhshidan “to give” (also “to forgive”), from PIE root *bhag- “to share out, apportion, distribute” (see -phagous).


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