fire-eater

noun

fire-eat·​er ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌē-tər How to pronounce fire-eater (audio)
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

Word History

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fire-eater was in 1676

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Cite this Entry

“Fire-eater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fire-eater. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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