fakir

noun fa·kir

Definition of fakir

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

Examples of fakir in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of fakir

Arabic faqīr, literally, poor man



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