pourboire


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pour·boire

 (po͝or-bwär′)
n.
Money given as a gratuity; a tip.

[French, from pour boire, for drinking : pour, for (from Old French, from Latin prō; see pro-1) + boire, to drink (from Old French boivre, from Latin bibere; see beverage).]

pourboire

(purbwar)
n
(Commerce) a tip; gratuity
[literally: for drinking]

pour•boire

(pʊərˈbwɑr)

n., pl. -boires (-ˈbwɑrz, -ˈbwɑr)
a gratuity; tip.
[1810–15; < French: literally, for drinking]

pourboire

A French term meaning for drinking, used to mean a gratuity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pourboire - a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)pourboire - a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)
fringe benefit, perk, perquisite - an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right); "a limousine is one of the fringe benefits of the job"
Christmas box - a present given at Christmas for services during the year
References in classic literature ?
The horses were stopped, the lovers were ordered to disentangle themselves, the boy was to lose his pourboire, the girl was immediately to get down.
Arrivee a destination, elle paie sa course et ne laisse pas de pourboire.
Les prestations seront prsentes en All inclusive (boissons et pourboire compris), sauf pour les thmatiques randonnes ou les bnficiaires porteront leurs repas dans leurs sacs dos.
Car ces infracteurs communs, ces serveurs qui sont capables a vendre nous tous pour un petit pourboire n'ont pas assez
Other usages, however, appear to indicate a familiarity also with French, as in "a press papie" (un fermacarte, the translation coming from presse-papiers [38]), "e drink-money" (una mancia, the English stemming probably from pourboire [40]), and the spellings "light-bleu" and "dark-bleu" (azzurro and turchino [49]).
Vin can have the sense of pourboire meaning tip or gratuity--hence the expression recevoir des pots de vin; vinaigre, composed of the words vin and aigre has the figurative sense (midseventeenth century) of propos, comportement qui blesse [comments or behaviours that wound].
Su nombre en frances pourboire, se acerca mas a esa raiz etimologica.
The Baratarian Archipelago: Cheap Isle, Pourboire Isle, Chicanery Isle, Joker's Isle.
Un citadin arrive, suite a un accident de voiture; Charlot essaie d'en obtenir un pourboire, sans succes.