fakir

noun
fa·​kir

Definition of fakir

1 \ fə-​ˈkir How to pronounce fə-ˈkir (audio) , fä-​ , fa-​ ; ˈfā-​kər \

a : a Muslim mendicant : dervish
b : an itinerant Hindu ascetic or wonder-worker
2 \ ˈfā-​kər How to pronounce ˈfā-kər (audio) \ : impostor especially : swindler

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Examples of fakir in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of fakir

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fakir

Arabic faqīr, literally, poor man

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