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malinger

[muh-ling-ger]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.

Origin of malinger

1810–20; < French malingre sickly, ailing, equivalent to mal- mal- + Old French heingre haggard (perhaps < Gmc)
Related formsma·lin·ger·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for malinger

Historical Examples

  • "Sheep," who has been disposed to malinger, is the worst of the lot.

    Adventures in Alaska

    Samuel Hall Young

  • It was quick work; but Bowles had a college education—he had been only six hours a cowboy when he learned to malinger on the job.

    Bat Wing Bowles

    Dane Coolidge

  • One, of course, can readily see with what facility an individual of the type under discussion could malinger mental symptoms.

  • No man ever essayed to malinger or to shirk a duty to which he had been allotted by the doctor.


British Dictionary definitions for malinger

malinger

verb
  1. (intr) to pretend or exaggerate illness, esp to avoid work
Derived Formsmalingerer, noun

Word Origin

C19: from French malingre sickly, perhaps from mal badly + Old French haingre feeble
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Word Origin and History for malinger

v.

1820, from French malingrer "to suffer," perhaps also "pretend to be ill," from malingre "ailing, sickly" (13c.), of uncertain origin, possibly a blend of mingre "sickly, miserable" and malade "ill." Mingre is itself a blend of maigre "meager" + haingre "sick, haggard," possibly from Germanic (cf. Middle High German hager "thin"). The sense evolution may be through notion of beggars with sham sores. Related: Malingered; malingering; malingerer (1785).

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malinger in Medicine

malinger

([object Object])
v.
  1. To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.
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