- to represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of: to feign sickness.
- to invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse.
- to imitate deceptively: to feign another's voice.
- to make believe; pretend: She's only feigning, she isn't really ill.
Origin of feign
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Examples from the Web for feigning
They already know the answer, but they know by feigning ignorance they can create all this debate about it.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
The whole point of being a pageant queen is to trot around in your bikini to be ogled at while feigning sexual naiveté.Miss America Hypocrisy: The Vanessa Williams Nude Photo Shaming
July 23, 2014
This was a short time after Obama released his birth certificate and when Trump was feigning a run for president.Obama Will Weaponize Comedy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
May 2, 2014
“They just said they would be in touch,” I replied, feigning disinterest.The Model Diaries: The Rush of Rejection in Paris
December 26, 2013
It seems to me to be very image-conscious, and you even have ex-prison guards and the like feigning street cred.CeeLo and Goodie Mob on Their Comeback, Kanye West’s ‘Emotional Problems,’ More
August 13, 2013
"I won't have you go out," she cried, feigning sudden despair.The Fortune of the Rougons
He closed his eyes, feigning to drop asleep, as he sometimes did in the afternoon.Doctor Pascal
Therese had closed her eyelids some time previously, feigning slumber.Therese Raquin
Because it suited her deep purpose, Mary consented, feigning to be persuaded.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
No reason can be imagined for her feigning a possession which has pained her in a thousand ways.The Phantom World
- to put on a show of (a quality or emotion); pretendto feign innocence
- (tr) to make up; inventto feign an excuse
- (tr) to copy; imitateto feign someone's laugh
Word Origin and History for feigning
c.1300, from Old French feign-, present participle stem of feindre "pretend, represent, imitate, shirk" (12c.), from Latin fingere "to touch, handle; devise; fabricate, alter, change" (see fiction). Related: Feigned; feigning.