/kum"shaw/, n.
a present; gratuity; tip.
[1810-20; < dial. Chin (Xiamen) kam sia, equiv. to Chin gân xiè grateful thanks]

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  • Cumshaw — Cum shaw, v. t. To give or make a present to. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cumshaw — Cum shaw (k?m sha), n. [Chin. kom tsie.] A present or bonus; originally applied to that paid on ships which entered the port of Canton. S. Wells Williams. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cumshaw — [kum′shô΄] n. [< dial. form of Chin kan hsieh, grateful thanks] a tip or gratuity …   English World dictionary

  • cumshaw — noun Etymology: Chinese (Xiamen) kam siā grateful thanks Date: 1839 present, gratuity; also bribe, payoff …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cumshaw — noun A gratuity or tip as thanks for a service …   Wiktionary

  • cumshaw — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A material favor or gift, usually money, given in return for service: gratuity, largess, perquisite, tip3. See GIVE, TRANSACTIONS …   English dictionary for students

  • cumshaw — n. tip, gratuity …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cumshaw —    a bribe    The derivation is from the Mandarin used by beggars, although a normally reliable authority thought otherwise:     The expression was originally come ashore money , a sailor s tip to the launch s boatman. (Jennings, 1965)    I am… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • cumshaw — cum·shaw …   English syllables

  • cumshaw — cum•shaw [[t]ˈkʌm ʃɔ[/t]] n. a present; gratuity; tip • Etymology: 1810–20; < dial. Chin (Xiamen) kam siā= Chin gân xiè grateful thanks …   From formal English to slang

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