fakir

noun fa·kir

Definition of fakir

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

  2. 2 \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


First Known Use: 1609



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