Origin of fake

1805–15; orig. vagrants' slang: to do for, rob, kill (someone), shape (something); perhaps variant of obsolete feak, feague to beat, akin to Dutch veeg a slap, vegen to sweep, wipe

Definition for fake (2 of 2)

[ feyk ]
/ feɪk /

verb (used with object), faked, fak·ing.

to lay (a rope) in a coil or series of long loops so as to allow to run freely without fouling or kinking (often followed by down).


any complete turn of a rope that has been faked down.
any of the various ways in which a rope may be faked down.
Also flake.

Origin of fake

1350–1400; Middle English faken to coil (a rope), of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for fake (1 of 2)

/ (feɪk) /


(tr) to cause (something inferior or not genuine) to appear more valuable, desirable, or real by fraud or pretence
to pretend to have (an illness, emotion, etc)to fake a headache
to improvise (music, stage dialogue, etc)


an object, person, or act that is not genuine; sham, counterfeit, or forgery


not genuine; spurious

Derived forms of fake

faker, nounfakery, noun

Word Origin for fake

originally (C18) thieves' slang to mug or do someone; probably via Polari from Italian facciare to make or do

British Dictionary definitions for fake (2 of 2)

/ (feɪk) nautical /


(tr usually foll by down) to coil (a rope) on deck


one round of a coil of rope

Word Origin for fake

Middle English faken, perhaps via Lingua Franca from Italian facciare to make or do; see fake 1
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