- to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.
Origin of malinger
Examples from the Web for malingerer
He told me that I was a malingerer and that I should not see the doctor.Glimpses into the Abyss
But when it came to facing the physical hardships of the North he was a malingerer.The Yukon Trail
William MacLeod Raine
Anybody who was not a malingerer was voted a fool, an altruist.The Siege of Kimberley
As it was not in Peter to be a malingerer he was left in peace, while we picked apples.The Story Girl
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Thoroughly squelched, the malingerer flushed, mumbled an apology and held out his hand.The Long Chance
Peter B. Kyne
- (intr) to pretend or exaggerate illness, esp to avoid work
Word Origin and History for malingerer
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).
- To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.