fakeer

fakir

[fuh-keer, fey-ker]
noun
1.
a Muslim or Hindu religious ascetic or mendicant monk commonly considered a wonder-worker.
2.
a member of any Islamic religious order; dervish.
Also, fakeer [fuh-keer] .


Origin:
1600–10; < Arabic faqīr poor

faker, fakir.
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fakir, faqir or fakeer (fəˈkɪə, ˈfeɪkə, fəˈkɪə, ˈfeɪkə, fəˈkɪə)
 
n
1.  a Muslim ascetic who rejects wordly possessions
2.  a Hindu ascetic mendicant or holy man
 
[C17: from Arabic faqīr poor]
 
faqir, faqir or fakeer
 
n
 
[C17: from Arabic faqīr poor]
 
fakeer, faqir or fakeer
 
n
 
[C17: from Arabic faqīr poor]

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fakir
1609, from Arabic faqir "a poor man," from faqura "he was poor." Term for Muslim holy man who lived by begging, misapplied in 19c. Eng. (possibly under influence of faker) to Hindu ascetics. Arabic plural form fuqara may have led to variant early Eng. forms such as fuckiere (1638).
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