noun \ˈkəm-ˌsh\

Definition of CUMSHAW

:  present, gratuity; also :  bribe, payoff

Examples of CUMSHAW

  1. <the clerk at Calcutta airport was clearly angling for a little cumshaw on the side>
  2. <the captain slipped the customs official his customary cumshaw at the Port of Shanghai>

Origin of CUMSHAW

Chinese (Xiamen) kam siā grateful thanks
First Known Use: 1839


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