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fakir

[fuh-keer, fey-ker]
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noun
  1. a Muslim or Hindu religious ascetic or mendicant monk commonly considered a wonder-worker.
  2. a member of any Islamic religious order; dervish.
Also fa·keer [fuh-keer] /fəˈkɪər/.

Origin of fakir

First recorded in 1600–10, fakir is from the Arabic word faqīr poor
Can be confusedfaker fakir
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Examples from the Web for fakir

Historical Examples

  • The fakir was in the bag into which he had been put, cold and inanimate.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 497, July 11, 1885

    Various

  • There were not wanting those in the profession who openly denounced him as a "fakir."

    An American Suffragette

    Isaac N. Stevens

  • I began to think that the fakir could talk forever and ever faster.

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

  • If you think, and think rightly, the fakir does not get you.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • He is suffering so hideously, and so determinedly, like a fakir.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell


British Dictionary definitions for fakir

fakir

faqir fakeer (fəˈkɪə)

noun
  1. a Muslim ascetic who rejects wordly possessions
  2. a Hindu ascetic mendicant or holy man

Word Origin

C17: from Arabic faqīr poor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for fakir

n.

c.1600, from Arabic faqir "a poor man," from faqura "he was poor." Term for Muslim holy man who lived by begging, misapplied in 19c. English (possibly under influence of faker) to Hindu ascetics. Arabic plural form fuqara may have led to variant early English forms such as fuckiere (1630s).

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