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faker

[fey-ker] /ˈfeɪ kər/
noun
1.
a person who fakes.
2.
a petty swindler.
3.
a peddler or street vendor of articles of dubious value.
Origin of faker
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; fake1 + -er1
Can be confused
faker, fakir.

fake1

[feyk] /feɪk/
verb (used with object), faked, faking.
1.
prepare or make (something specious, deceptive, or fraudulent):
to fake a report showing nonexistent profits.
2.
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.
3.
to pretend; simulate:
to fake illness.
4.
to accomplish by trial and error or by improvising:
I don't know the job, but I can fake it.
5.
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.
6.
Jazz.
  1. to improvise:
    to fake an accompaniment.
  2. to play (music) without reading from a score.
verb (used without object), faked, faking.
7.
to fake something; pretend.
8.
to give a fake to an opponent.
noun
9.
anything made to appear otherwise than it actually is; counterfeit:
This diamond necklace is a fake.
10.
a person who fakes; faker:
The doctor with the reputed cure for cancer proved to be a fake.
11.
a spurious report or story.
12.
Sports. a simulated play or move intended to deceive an opponent.
adjective
13.
designed to deceive or cheat; not real; counterfeit.
Verb phrases
14.
fake out, Slang.
  1. to trick; deceive:
    She faked me out by acting friendly and then stole my job.
  2. 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
1805-15; orig. vagrants' slang: to do for, rob, kill (someone), shape (something); perhaps variant of obsolete feak, feague to beat, akin to Dutch veeg a slap, vegen to sweep, wipe
Synonyms
3. feign, affect, dissemble, sham, fabricate. 10. fraud, impostor, quack, charlatan, deceiver.
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Examples from the Web for faker
Contemporary Examples
  • The idea that Dylan is a faker, unless everything he wrote came out of his own imagination—word for word, note for note—is absurd.

Historical Examples
  • Of course Dr. Munro nowhere suggests that any excavator is the guilty “faker.”

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • You see, it doesn't work; and anybody who claims it does is a faker and a liar.

    Sense from Thought Divide Mark Irvin Clifton
  • "I said I was going to make a moving picture of that faker," repeated Russ.

  • With what fine contempt the 'rube' is surveyed by the faker who has plucked him!

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
  • They said we would be skinned to a finish by the faker who got us, and they were right.

    Peck's Bad Boy Abroad George W. Peck
  • And this is the business of every educator who is not content to be a faker.

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
  • Jack would have had one word for Macedoine and one only—faker.

  • If I say so, he'll scare-head you as a faker—in letters all across the front page.

    The Professor's Mystery Wells Hastings
  • We knew that, answered Dan, but we werent going to tell you, you faker!

    Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for faker

fake1

/feɪk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to cause (something inferior or not genuine) to appear more valuable, desirable, or real by fraud or pretence
2.
to pretend to have (an illness, emotion, etc): to fake a headache
3.
to improvise (music, stage dialogue, etc)
noun
4.
an object, person, or act that is not genuine; sham, counterfeit, or forgery
adjective
5.
not genuine; spurious
Derived Forms
faker, noun
fakery, noun
Word Origin
originally (C18) thieves' slang to mug or do someone; probably via Polari from Italian facciare to make or do

fake2

/feɪk/
verb
1.
(transitive) usually foll by down. to coil (a rope) on deck
noun
2.
one round of a coil of rope
Word Origin
Middle English faken, perhaps via Lingua Franca from Italian facciare to make or do; see fake1
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Word Origin and History for faker
n.

1885, agent noun from fake (v.).

fake

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fake

adjective

: Sham; deceptive

noun

A sham or deception; something spurious (1827+)

verb

  1. To make something spurious; imitate deceptively: He was good at faking Old Masters (1812+)
  2. To improvise lines in a play (1909+ Theater)
  3. fake it

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr earlier feak, feague, or fig, ''to spruce up, esp by deceptive artificial means''; perhaps ultimately fr German fegen, ''clean, furbish,'' or Latin facere, ''to do'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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