- prepare or make (something specious, deceptive, or fraudulent): to fake a report showing nonexistent profits.
- to conceal the defects of or make appear more attractive, interesting, valuable, etc., usually in order to deceive: The story was faked a bit to make it more sensational.
- to pretend; simulate: to fake illness.
- to accomplish by trial and error or by improvising: I don't know the job, but I can fake it.
- to trick or deceive (an opponent) by making a fake (often followed by out): The running back faked out the defender with a deft move and scored.
- to improvise: to fake an accompaniment.
- to play (music) without reading from a score.
- to fake something; pretend.
- to give a fake to an opponent.
- anything made to appear otherwise than it actually is; counterfeit: This diamond necklace is a fake.
- a person who fakes; faker: The doctor with the reputed cure for cancer proved to be a fake.
- a spurious report or story.
- Sports. a simulated play or move intended to deceive an opponent.
- designed to deceive or cheat; not real; counterfeit.
- fake out, Slang.
- to trick; deceive: She faked me out by acting friendly and then stole my job.
- to surprise, as by a sudden reversal: They thought we weren't coming back, but we faked them out by showing up during dinner.
Origin of fake1
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- 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.
Origin of fake2
Related Wordsspurious, phony, fraudulent, fictitious, forged, counterfeit, mock, bogus, fabricated, trick, scam, hoax, forgery, deception, fabrication, sham, fabricate, feign, affected, pseudo
Examples from the Web for fake
He cast her as Hope, an ex-addict with an impressive pair of fake chompers—the result of years of drug abuse.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom
December 22, 2014
Fake Twitter handles started appearing for members of its fake cast.There Are More 'Too Many Cooks' Where That First Fever Dream Came From
November 11, 2014
It was ignored at the time because the now-famous letter is also famously a fake.Russell Brand’s Revolution For Morons
November 2, 2014
However, Martin redeemed himself when correctly guessing a fake expletive-laden clue read by Meyers.Amy Poehler and George R.R. Martin Play Game of ‘Game of Thrones’
October 29, 2014
But if I could live in an economy where everyone had the privilege to be rude rather than the obligation to fake it, I would.Why Your Waiter Hates You
October 26, 2014
If it's all a fake of his, how came you to have heard of Braybridge paddling the canoe back for her?Quaint Courtships
Yes, that was a fake by which men lived on their mistresses!
If I signed that fake confession Hawk Kennedy signed it too.
If that fake agreement is still in existence, I'll get it for you.
That word is fake, and so is the note, and the whole infernal business!The Crevice
William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
- (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
- (tr usually foll by down) to coil (a rope) on deck
- one round of a coil of rope
Word Origin and History for fake
attested in London criminal slang as adjective (1775), verb (1812), and noun (1851, of persons 1888), but probably older. A likely source is feague "to spruce up by artificial means," from German fegen "polish, sweep," also "to clear out, plunder" in colloquial use. "Much of our early thieves' slang is Ger. or Du., and dates from the Thirty Years' War" [Weekley]. Or it may be from Latin facere "to do." Related: Faked; fakes; faking.