[ fey-gin ]

  1. (in Dickens' Oliver Twist) a villainous old man who trains and uses young boys as thieves.

  2. Also fagin. a person who teaches crime to others.

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How to use Fagin in a sentence

  • He looks like Fagin from Oliver Twist—wiry, with long, graying hair and a perfectly pointy beard.

    Lily Allen As You've Never Seen Her | Lucie Greene | September 10, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • It must come some time or another; and why not in the winter time when you dont want to go out a-walking so much; eh, Fagin?

  • Fagin nodded in the affirmative, and pointing in the direction of Saffron Hill, inquired whether any one was up yonder to-night.

  • She was in her room, the woman said; so Fagin crept softly up stairs, and entered it without any previous ceremony.

  • It would easily have made him beautiful if he had been merely squalid; if he had been a Jew of the Fagin type.

    The Ball and The Cross | G.K. Chesterton

Cultural definitions for Fagin


[ (fay-gin) ]

A villain in the novel Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens. The unscrupulous, miserly Fagin teaches Oliver Twist and other orphaned boys to pick pockets and steal for him.

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