- a movement made in order to deceive an adversary; an attack aimed at one place or point merely as a distraction from the real place or point of attack: military feints; the feints of a skilled fencer.
- a feigned or assumed appearance: His air of approval was a feint to conceal his real motives.
- to make a feint.
- to make a feint at; deceive with a feint.
- to make a false show of; simulate.
Origin of feint
Examples from the Web for feint
Netanyahu had no choice but to at least feint in this direction.Bibi's Bait-and-Switch
June 14, 2009
She made a feint of accepting the herb, and then pointed to him and to the road.Meadow Grass
And yet it was ministered to, in a dull and abortive manner, by all who made this feint.The Uncommercial Traveller
He made a feint, as if he were about to strike his pike between its eyes.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
"Forgive me if I have stayed too long," she said, making a feint of opening the door.The Eternal City
That which should have been the real attack shall be no more than a feint.Captain Blood
- a mock attack or movement designed to distract an adversary, as in a military manoeuvre or in boxing, fencing, etc
- a misleading action or appearance
- (intr) to make a feint
- printing the narrowest rule used in the production of ruled paper
- the leavings of the second distillation of Scotch malt whisky
Word Origin and History for feint
1670s, "a false show, a pretended blow," from French feinte "a feint, sham," abstract noun from Old French feint (13c.) "false, deceitful," originally fem. past participle of feindre (see feign).
Borrowed late 13c. as adjective, but now obsolete in that sense. Also as a noun in Middle English with sense "false-heartedness" (early 14c.), also "bodily weakness" (c.1400).
c.1300, feinten, "to deceive, pretend," also "become feeble or exhausted; to lack spirit or courage," from feint (adj.); see feint (n.). Cf. Old French feintir "be slow, delay." Sense of "to make a sham attack" is first attested 1833. Related: Feinted; feinting.