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cum·shaw

 (kŭm′shô′)
n.
A tip; a gratuity.

[Pidgin English, from Amoy kámsiā, an expression of thanks, from Middle Chinese kam´ sɦia` (also the source of Mandarin gǎnxiè) : kam´, to feel + sɦia`, to decline, excuse oneself, thank.]

cumshaw

(ˈkʌmʃɔː)
n
(used, esp formerly, by beggars in Chinese ports) a present or tip
[C19: from pidgin English, from Chinese (Amoy) kam siā, from Mandarin kan hsieh grateful thanks]

cum•shaw

(ˈkʌm ʃɔ)

n.
a present; gratuity; tip.
[1810–20; < dial. Chinese (Xiamen) kam siā= Chinese gân xiè grateful thanks]
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cumshaw

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A material favor or gift, usually money, given in return for service:
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On the other, there is no controversy regarding cumshaw, a term used in the Chinese ports to ask for a present or gratuity.
The first syllable in cumshaw is also pronounced with the central vowel, while the second one is pronounced with a long open o as corresponds to the English spelling (aw) in words like law or saw.