a person who fakes.
a petty swindler.
a peddler or street vendor of articles of dubious value.

Origin of faker

First recorded in 1840–50; fake1 + -er1
Can be confusedfaker fakir



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

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.
  1. to improvise: to fake an accompaniment.
  2. to play (music) without reading from a score.

verb (used without object), faked, fak·ing.

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.

Verb Phrases

fake out, Slang.
  1. to trick; deceive: She faked me out by acting friendly and then stole my job.
  2. 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 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

Synonyms for fake

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Examples from the Web for faker

Contemporary Examples of faker

  • The idea that Dylan is a faker, unless everything he wrote came out of his own imagination—word for word, note for note—is absurd.

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    Is Bob Dylan a Phony?

    Sean Wilentz

    April 30, 2010

Historical Examples of faker

  • Of course Dr. Munro nowhere suggests that any excavator is the guilty “faker.”

  • You see, it doesn't work; and anybody who claims it does is a faker and a liar.

    Sense from Thought Divide

    Mark Irvin Clifton

  • "I said I was going to make a moving picture of that faker," repeated Russ.

  • With what fine contempt the 'rube' is surveyed by the faker who has plucked him!

    An Anarchist Woman

    Hutchins Hapgood

  • They said we would be skinned to a finish by the faker who got us, and they were right.

    Peck's Bad Boy Abroad

    George W. Peck

British Dictionary definitions for faker




(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 Formsfaker, 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




(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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Word Origin and History for faker

1885, agent noun from fake (v.).


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.

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