Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fakir n.

[vars. on faker n.; note the additional exotic tinge of SE fakir, a Muslim or Hindu holy mendicant]

1. [mid-19C–1930s] a street salesman of cheap goods, an itinerant repairman etc.

2. [late 19C–1920s] (also fly fakir) a confidence trickster, a fraudster.

3. [late 19C] (US) an actor.

4. [1900s] a street cardsharp.

5. [1910s] (US) a person feigning illness or injury.