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.
- fire-eating, adjective, noun
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How to use fire-eater in a sentence
This man came out a good, loyal, American citizen; went back a fire-eater.
Becoming eager and restless on the last day, the "Fire Eater" wounded the white war-party.
On the morning of the second day the Cheyennes awoke to find the Fire Eater gone, but he had left his horses on their hands.
This man suspected nothing until the Fire Eater raised his rifle, when he turned away to fly.
The skin of the little brown bat did not comfort the Fire Eater in his fallen state.
British Dictionary definitions for fire-eater
a performer who simulates the swallowing of fire
a belligerent person
- fire-eating, noun, adjective
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