fakir

noun
fa·​kir

Definition of fakir

1 \ fə-​ˈkir How to pronounce fə-ˈkir (audio) , fä-​ , fa-​ ; ˈfā-​kər \

a : a Muslim mendicant : dervish
b : an itinerant Hindu ascetic or wonder-worker
2 \ ˈfā-​kər How to pronounce ˈfā-kər (audio) \ : impostor especially : swindler

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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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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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