fakir


fa·kir

noun

Definition of FAKIR

1
\fə-ˈkir, fä-, fa-; ˈfā-kər\
a :  a Muslim mendicant :  dervish
b :  an itinerant Hindu ascetic or wonder-worker
2
\ˈfā-kər\ :  impostor; especially :  swindler

Examples of FAKIR

  1. <a traveling carnival that was run by fakirs preying on small-town rubes>
  2. <a fakir peddling patent medicines that were mostly liquor and sugar>

Origin of FAKIR

Arabic faqīr, literally, poor man
First Known Use: 1609

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