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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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.

  • 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
  • It was a foregone conclusion that they would consider him a fakir and a crook.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

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

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Unfortunately the fakir did not improve the longer he stayed with us.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
  • So the fakir hobbled away, and stood in the market-place to sell the cloth.

  • A fakir because you misrepresent, and a fool because you do not begin to understand the people.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
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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