fa·​gin ˈfā-gən How to pronounce fagin (audio)
often capitalized
: an adult who instructs others (such as children) in crime

Word History


Fagin, character in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist (1839)

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fagin was in 1839

Dictionary Entries Near fagin

Cite this Entry

“Fagin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fagin. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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