from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Muslim religious mendicant.
- n. A Hindu ascetic or religious mendicant, especially one who performs feats of magic or endurance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A faqir.
- n. an ascetic mendicant, especially one who performs feats of endurance or apparent magic
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an Oriental Muslim or Hindu religious ascetic or begging monk who is regarded as a holy man or a wonder worker.
- n. See faker.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Mohammedan religious mendicant or ascetic “who is in need of mercy, and poor in the sight of God, rather than in need of worldly assistance” (Hughes, Dict. of Islam).
- n. A Hindu devotee or ascetic; a yogi.
- n. A misspelling of faker.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy man
From Arabic faqīr, poor, from faqura, to be poor, be needy; see pqr in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic فقير (faqīr) ("poor man"). (Wiktionary)