from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic An impostor; a deceiver.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A charlatan or imposter, especially one pretending to be ill, or to tell fortunes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A doer or actor; particularly, an evil doer; a scoundrel.
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin factor, maker; see factor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman faitour (cognate with Old French faitor ‘doer, maker’), from Latin factorem, from facere ("do, make"). (Wiktionary)