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[fuh-keer, fey-ker] /fəˈkɪər, ˈfeɪ kər/
a Muslim or Hindu religious ascetic or mendicant monk commonly considered a wonder-worker.
a member of any Islamic religious order; dervish.
Also, fakeer
[fuh-keer] /fəˈkɪər/ (Show IPA)
Origin of fakir
First recorded in 1600-10, fakir is from the Arabic word faqīr poor
Can be confused
faker, fakir. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fakir
Historical Examples
  • When the vessel was brought to anchor, he climbed up into it, and disguised himself as a fakir.

    Santal Folk Tales A. Campbell
  • It was a foregone conclusion that they would consider him a fakir and a crook.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • I leaned over the side of my beast, seized the fakir by the hair, and drew him into the sovari.

  • "Yes, but Lemoine was a fakir of the first water;" said Andrews.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Like the fakir, he possessed the art of spiritual detachment, which is an attribute of genius.

    Bat Wing Sax Rohmer
  • Unfortunately the fakir did not improve the longer he stayed with us.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
  • Brown swung the Beluchi out in front of him where he could hear the fakir better.

    Told in the East Talbot Mundy
  • "One of the brothers must have come back for something," the fakir heard some one mutter.

  • I guess you won't do any more doctoring around these parts, Mr. fakir.

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

British Dictionary definitions for fakir


/fəˈkɪə; ˈfeɪkə/
a Muslim ascetic who rejects wordly possessions
a Hindu ascetic mendicant or holy man
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic faqīr poor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fakir

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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