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Interjection. Slang (chiefly US). Mid-20th century.
[Italian capisce 3 singular present indicative of capire understand.]
Do you understand? Get it?
Considering it's a word related to understanding, there's an awful lot of confusion drifting around the internet regarding how you spell capeesh - even otherwise reliable sources give spellings that are not accepted by major dictionaries. As nothing undermines a mafia don's authority more than misspelling a word like capeesh during the annual Five Families Scrabble Championship, here is a list of spellings commonly found but not accepted by the OED, Merriam-Webster or (crucially) the Collins Scrabble Dictionary:
Have you ever participated in the Five Families Scrabble Championship?
Do you know of any other "spellings" for capeesh?
Are you a lexically-sensitive mafioso?
Just leave your comments in the box and walk away. Capeesh?