[ fahyuh r-ee-ter ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌi tər /


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

Related forms

fire-eat·ing, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fire-eater



a performer who simulates the swallowing of fire
a belligerent person

Derived Forms

fire-eating, noun, adjective
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