[ fey-ker ]
/ ˈfeɪ kər /


a person who fakes.
a petty swindler.
a peddler or street vendor of articles of dubious value.

Nearby words

  1. fajitas,
  2. fake,
  3. fake book,
  4. fake news,
  5. fakeer,
  6. fakery,
  7. fakir,
  8. fal la,
  9. falafel,
  10. falange

Origin of faker

First recorded in 1840–50; fake1 + -er1

Can be confusedfaker fakir

Origin of fake

1805–15; orig. vagrants' slang: to do for, rob, kill (someone), shape (something); perhaps variant of obsolete feak, feague to beat, akin to Dutch veeg a slap, vegen to sweep, wipe

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British Dictionary definitions for faker


/ (feɪk) /


(tr) to cause (something inferior or not genuine) to appear more valuable, desirable, or real by fraud or pretence
to pretend to have (an illness, emotion, etc)to fake a headache
to improvise (music, stage dialogue, etc)


an object, person, or act that is not genuine; sham, counterfeit, or forgery


not genuine; spurious
Derived Formsfaker, nounfakery, noun

Word Origin for fake

originally (C18) thieves' slang to mug or do someone; probably via Polari from Italian facciare to make or do


/ (feɪk) nautical /


(tr usually foll by down) to coil (a rope) on deck


one round of a coil of rope

Word Origin for fake

Middle English faken, perhaps via Lingua Franca from Italian facciare to make or do; see fake 1

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Word Origin and History for faker
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