noun Date: 1672 1. a performer who pretends to eat fire 2. a. a violent or pugnacious person b. a person who displays very militant or aggressive partisanship

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  • fire-eater — fire ,eater noun count an entertainer who does tricks with fire, including putting burning sticks into their mouth …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fire-eater — [fīr′ēt΄ər] n. 1. a performer at circuses, etc. who pretends to eat fire 2. a hot tempered person always ready to quarrel or fight …   English World dictionary

  • Fire-eater — (engl., spr. fair īter, »Feueresser«), ein leidenschaftlicher, übereilt handelnder Mensch, besonders im amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg Bezeichnung für gewisse hitzige Führer der südstaatlichen Politik …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • fire-eater — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms fire eater : singular fire eater plural fire eaters an entertainer who does tricks with fire, including putting burning sticks into their mouth …   English dictionary

  • fire-eater — fire′ eat er n. 1) an entertainer who pretends to eat fire 2) an easily provoked, belligerent person • Etymology: 1665–75 fire′ eat ing, adj. n …   From formal English to slang

  • fire-eater — fire eating, adj., n. /fuyeur ee teuhr/, n. 1. an entertainer who pretends to eat fire. 2. an easily provoked, belligerent person. 3. U.S. Hist. an early and extreme Southern advocate of secession before the Civil War. [1665 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • fire-eater — fire eaters N COUNT Fire eaters are performers who put flaming rods into their mouths in order to entertain people …   English dictionary

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