fakir

noun

fa·​kir
1
\ fə-​ˈkir How to pronounce fakir (audio) , fä-​ , fa-​ ; ˈfā-​kər \
a
: a Muslim mendicant : dervish
b
: an itinerant Hindu ascetic or wonder-worker
2
ˈfā-kər How to pronounce fakir (audio) : impostor
especially : swindler

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
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Word History

Etymology

Arabic faqīr, literally, poor man

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of fakir was in 1609

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Cite this Entry

“Fakir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fakir. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

fakir

noun
fa·​kir fə-ˈki(ə)r How to pronounce fakir (audio) fä- How to pronounce fakir (audio)
fa-;
ˈfā-kər
1
: a Muslim beggar : dervish
2
: a wandering Hindu holy person who performs feats of magic
Etymology

from Arabic faqir, literally, "poor man"

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