- an entertainer who pretends to eat fire.
- an easily provoked, belligerent person.
- U.S. History. an early and extreme Southern advocate of secession before the Civil War.
Origin of fire-eater
First recorded in 1665–75
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Examples from the Web for fire-eater
He is the dandy of the company in real life, though a fire-eater on the stage.Scaramouche
Where are the blankets and merchandise that bought the right of the Fire-eater?The Pioneers
James Fenimore Cooper
I may have been a fire-eater once—I may have been a gay young feller as could—; but no matter.The Lighthouse
“My, what a fire-eater my little Harvey has become,” she said.What's-His-Name
George Barr McCutcheon
It was quite evident that he was not such a fire-eater as Captain Stinger.In The Saddle
- a performer who simulates the swallowing of fire
- a belligerent person
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