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fire-eater

[ fahyuhr-ee-ter ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌi tər /
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noun

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.

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Origin of fire-eater

First recorded in 1665–75

OTHER WORDS FROM fire-eater

fire-eating, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fire-eater

fire-eater

noun

a performer who simulates the swallowing of fire
a belligerent person

Derived forms of fire-eater

fire-eating, noun, adjective
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