Monday, March 15, 2004
malinger verb [muh-LING-ger] to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.
Definitions for malinger
- to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.
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Citations for malinger
Because he twice slapped battle-stressed soldiers in Sicily who, he thought, were merely malingering, he was denied a major command in the Normandy landings.
It is impossible to determine exactly what inspired Mary's various symptoms, but her own and other family members' letters suggest that her suffering may have been a combination of hypochondria, conscious histrionics and malingering, and unconscious rebellion against her father.
Origin of malinger
Malinger derives from French malingre, "sickly," perhaps from Old French mal, "badly" + heingre, "lean, thin."