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 (fə-kîr′, fä-, fă-)
1. A Muslim religious mendicant.
2. A Hindu ascetic or religious mendicant, especially one who performs feats of magic or endurance.

[From Arabic faqīr, poor, from faqura, to be poor, be needy; see pqr in Semitic roots.]


(fəˈkɪə; ˈfeɪkə) or




1. (Islam) a Muslim ascetic who rejects worldly possessions
2. (Hinduism) a Hindu ascetic mendicant or holy man
[C17: from Arabic faqīr poor]


(fəˈkɪər, ˈfeɪ kər)

also fa•keer′,

1. a Muslim or Hindu religious ascetic or mendicant monk commonly considered a wonder-worker.
2. a member of any Islamic religious order.
[1600–10; < Arabic faqīr poor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fakir - a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy manfakir - a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy man
Moslem, Muslim - a believer in or follower of Islam
dervish - an ascetic Muslim monk; a member of an order noted for devotional exercises involving bodily movements
holy man, holy person, saint, angel - person of exceptional holiness


[ˈfɑːkɪəʳ] Nfaquir m


nFakir m
References in classic literature ?
Can you tell me how the Indian fakir can make himself to die and have been buried, and his grave sealed and corn sowed on it, and the corn reaped and be cut and sown and reaped and cut again, and then men come and take away the unbroken seal and that there lie the Indian fakir, not dead, but that rise up and walk amongst them as before?
As they went they seemed to wake something, as one startles a bird, in the deeper corner between the study and the main building; and again they saw the white-robed fakir slide out of the shadow, and slip round towards the front door.
Atkinson was leaning against a tree with a listless face; Quinton's wife was still at her window; the doctor had gone strolling round the end of the conservatory; they could see his cigar like a will-o'-the-wisp; and the fakir still sat rigid and yet rocking, while the trees above him began to rock and almost to roar.
I found him in the hands of a fakir, and took the liberty of running him just as he was sent over.
Now it was gone I felt as poor and naked as a fakir.
Magic is a great thing and scarcely any one knows anything about it except a few people in old books--and Mary a little, because she was born in India where there are fakirs.
I once heard an officer in India tell my mother that there were fakirs who said words over and over thousands of times," said Mary.
Fired by recollections of fakirs and devotees in illustrations Colin suggested that they should all sit cross-legged under the tree which made a canopy.
Mosques, minarets, temples, fakirs, pagodas, tigers, snakes, elephants
I was prepared, I think, for shrouded priests or naked fakirs.
Then there were holy men, ash-smeared fakirs by their brick shrines under the trees at the riverside, with whom he was quite familiar - greeting them as they returned from begging-tours, and, when no one was by, eating from the same dish.
After &nbsp;the authorities imprisoned him for attempting to rob a local merchant, Isaac met an old Hindu fakir who used the power of music to hypnotize and control the actions of a deadly cobra.