backsheesh

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n backsheesh a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Backsheesh In Egypt and the Turkish empire, a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter); a gratuity; a “tip”.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n backsheesh See bakshish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Backsheesh bak′shēsh a gift or present of money in the East, a gratuity or tip.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pers. bakhshīsh, fr. bakhshīdan, to give
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pers.

Usage

In literature:

It is like a three-tailed Pasha grumbling about an unsatisfactory backsheesh.
"The Book of Snobs" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Give good backsheesh, and not sit down halfway and say: `No top'!
"The Rosary" by Florence L. Barclay
Fielding Bey saved Seti, but not with backsheesh.
"Donovan Pasha And Some People Of Egypt, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
It's worth the backsheesh!
"The Weavers, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
The cost of a firman, including backsheesh to the priests and doorkeepers, is 700 piastres (about $33).
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
I contented myself with giving him backsheesh, while my companion photographed him.
"As Seen By Me" by Lilian Bell
Add to this a whining and interminable appeal for backsheesh and you might be very near the mark indeed.
"The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair" by Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
By payin' a little backsheesh (which is money) we got permission to attend one of their religious meetin's.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
On hearing this, the Pasha gave him a backsheesh (present) and told him to retire.
"Told in the Coffee House" by Cyrus Adler
We moved through the palm groves, a crowd of boys following us and shouting for backsheesh.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
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In poetry:

I once did know a Turkish man
Whom I upon a two-pair-back met,
His name it was EFFENDI KHAN
BACKSHEESH PASHA BEN ALLAH ACHMET.
"Ben Allah Achmet, or, the Fatal Tum" by William Schwenck Gilbert
No maiden like BACKSHEESH could tastily cook
A kettle of kismet or joint of tchibouk,
As ALUM, brave fellow! sat pensively by,
With a bright sympathetic ka-bob in his eye.
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Each morning he went to his garden, to cull
A bunch of zenana or sprig of bul-bul,
And offered the bouquet, in exquisite bloom,
To BACKSHEESH, the daughter of RAHAT LAKOUM.
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Stern duty compelled him to leave her one day -
(A ship's supercargo was brave ALUM BEY) -
To pretty young BACKSHEESH he made a salaam,
And sailed to the isle of Seringapatam.
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Cease weeping, fair BACKSHEESH! I willingly swear
Cork jackets and trousers I always will wear,
And I also throw in a large number of oaths
That I never - no, NEVER - will take off my clothes!"
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert