The word "tip" was first used as a verb in 1707 in George Farquhar's play The Beaux' Stratagem.Farquhar used the term after it had been "used in criminal circles as a word meant to imply the unnecessary and gratuitous gifting of something somewhat taboo, like a joke, or a sure bet, or illicit money exchanges." "By the 17th century, it was expected that overnight guests to private homes would provide sums of money, known as vails, to the host's servants.In recent times however, the service provider usually coerces the customer for tips in a subtle manner.There have been reported cases of security guards asking bank customers for tips. However, hotels that routinely serve foreign tourists allow tipping.The customary amount of a tip can be a specific range of monetary amounts or a certain percentage of the bill based on the perceived quality of the service given.It is illegal to offer tips to some groups of workers, such as U. government workers However, studies of the practice in America suggest that tipping is often discriminatory or arbitrary: workers receive different levels of gratuity based on factors such as age, sex, race, hair color and even breast size, and the size of the gratuity is found to be only very weakly related to the quality of service.performance--namely, a hornpipe, the main idea of which was doubtless borrowed; but this was to be developed by the dancer in so peculiar and complex a manner that no one could deny him the praise of originality.A gratuity (also called a tip) is a sum of money customarily given by a client or customer to certain service sector workers for the service they have performed, in addition to the basic price of the service.
In some locations tipping is discouraged and considered insulting, while in some other locations tipping is expected from customers.
Soon afterwards, customers began tipping in London coffeehouses and other commercial establishments".
The etymology for the synonym for tipping, "gratuity", dates back either to the 1520s, from "graciousness", from the French gratuité (14th century) or directly from Medieval Latin gratuitas, "free gift", probably from earlier Latin gratuitus, "free, freely given".
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word "tip" originated as a slang term and its etymology is unclear.
According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the meaning "give a small present of money" began around 1600, and the meaning "give a gratuity to" is first attested in 1706. The term in the sense of "to give a gratuity" first appeared in the 18th century.