- 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
- the impure spirit produced in the first and last stages of the distillation of whiskey.
Origin of faints
Examples from the Web for feints
Conservative columnist Reihan Salam suggested that GOP-backed minimum wage discussions might be feints for appearances only.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage
November 6, 2014
Very good; then you must force him to it by feints, or by threatening to attack.Secrets of the Sword
Csar Lecat de Bazancourt
Such are the resources, the feints, the stratagems, the foibles of love!
There were feints of attack in front and rushes from the rear, and there were rushes from all sides.Erskine Dale--Pioneer
And the feints made by Lee and Jackson will be our attacks in force.Frigid Fracas
Dallas McCord Reynolds
He greeted his fellow-sufferer first with hisses and then with threats and feints of war.Upon The Tree-Tops
Olive Thorne Miller
- the leavings of the second distillation of Scotch malt whisky
- a variant spelling of feints
- 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
Word Origin and History for feints
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.