Definition of fakir

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

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a traveling carnival that was run by fakirs preying on small-town rubes a fakir peddling patent medicines that were mostly liquor and sugar
Recent Examples on the Web To be fair, the new nationalists have done their best, explicitly and repeatedly, to distance their emerging movement from white nationalists, alt-right fakirs, strident isolationists, and other assorted cranks. John Hood, National Review, "New Nationalists Make Three Big Bets," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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“Fakir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fakir. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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