Gain access to thousands of additional definitions and advanced search features—ad free! JOIN NOW
\ fə-ˈkir ,
: a Muslim mendicant : dervish
: an itinerant Hindu ascetic or wonder-worker
Keep scrolling for more
bilk, bilker, cheat, cheater, chiseler (or chiseller), confidence man, cozener, defrauder, dodger, finagler, fraudster [chiefly British], hoaxer, scammer, scamster, shark, sharper, sharpie (or sharpy), skinner, swindler, tricker, trickster
1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
Arabic faqīr, literally, poor man
Resources for fakir
Time Traveler for fakir
See more words from the same year
More from Merriam-Webster on fakir
See words that rhyme with fakir
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for fakir
Spanish Central: Translation of fakir
Nglish: Translation of fakir for Spanish Speakers
Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about fakir
Comments on fakir
What made you want to look up fakir? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
a trusted follower
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Difficult Vocab Quiz
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
Semantic bleaching and the power to amaze
Cans of worms, wild-goose chases, and more
Words from the week of 11/16/2018
This is just to say / Don't confuse them
And is one way more correct than the others?
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
Another round of challenging vocab!
(Secret October WOTD Quiz)
A game of winding words.