- a member of a Muslim holy sect who lives by begging
- a Hindu ascetic
- any Muslim or Hindu itinerant beggar, often one reputed to perform marvels
Also sp. fa·keer′
Origin of fakirArabic faq?r, literally , poor, a poor man
- A Muslim religious mendicant.
- A Hindu ascetic or religious mendicant, especially one who performs feats of magic or endurance.
Origin of fakirFrom Arabic faq&imacron;r, poor, from faqura, to be poor, be needy; see pqr in Semitic roots.
From Arabic فقير (faqīr, “poor man”).