fire-eater

noun fire-eat·er \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌē-tər \

Definition of fire-eater

1 : a performer who pretends to eat fire
2 a : a violent or pugnacious person
b : a person who displays very militant or aggressive partisanship

First Known Use of fire-eater

1676

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

FIRE-EATER Defined for English Language Learners

fire-eater

Definition of fire-eater for English Language Learners

  • : a performer who pretends to eat fire


Learn More about fire-eater


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up fire-eater? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

unwilling or reluctant

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks Quiz

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!