- prepare or make (something specious, deceptive, or fraudulent): to fake a report showing nonexistent profits.
- to conceal the defects of or make appear more attractive, interesting, valuable, etc., usually in order to deceive: The story was faked a bit to make it more sensational.
- to pretend; simulate: to fake illness.
- to accomplish by trial and error or by improvising: I don't know the job, but I can fake it.
- to trick or deceive (an opponent) by making a fake (often followed by out): The running back faked out the defender with a deft move and scored.
- to improvise: to fake an accompaniment.
- to play (music) without reading from a score.
- to fake something; pretend.
- to give a fake to an opponent.
- anything made to appear otherwise than it actually is; counterfeit: This diamond necklace is a fake.
- a person who fakes; faker: The doctor with the reputed cure for cancer proved to be a fake.
- a spurious report or story.
- Sports. a simulated play or move intended to deceive an opponent.
- designed to deceive or cheat; not real; counterfeit.
- fake out, Slang.
- to trick; deceive: She faked me out by acting friendly and then stole my job.
- to surprise, as by a sudden reversal: They thought we weren't coming back, but we faked them out by showing up during dinner.
Origin of fake1
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- (tr) to cause (something inferior or not genuine) to appear more valuable, desirable, or real by fraud or pretence
- to pretend to have (an illness, emotion, etc)to fake a headache
- to improvise (music, stage dialogue, etc)
- an object, person, or act that is not genuine; sham, counterfeit, or forgery
- not genuine; spurious
- (tr usually foll by down) to coil (a rope) on deck
- one round of a coil of rope
Word Origin and History for fake-out
attested in London criminal slang as adjective (1775), verb (1812), and noun (1851, of persons 1888), but probably older. A likely source is feague "to spruce up by artificial means," from German fegen "polish, sweep," also "to clear out, plunder" in colloquial use. "Much of our early thieves' slang is Ger. or Du., and dates from the Thirty Years' War" [Weekley]. Or it may be from Latin facere "to do." Related: Faked; fakes; faking.