No man ever essayed to malinger or to shirk a duty to which he had been allotted by the doctor.
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.
One, of course, can readily see with what facility an individual of the type under discussion could malinger mental symptoms.
"Sheep," who has been disposed to malinger, is the worst of the lot.
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).
malinger ma·lin·ger (mə-lĭng'gər)
v. ma·lin·gered, ma·lin·ger·ing, ma·lin·gers
To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.