- a person who fakes.
- a petty swindler.
- a peddler or street vendor of articles of dubious value.
Origin of faker
- 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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Related Words for fakerquack, impersonator, fraud, liar, mountebank, deceiver, impostor, phony, forger, counterfeiter, pretender, fabricator, charlatan, shammer
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.Is Bob Dylan a Phony?
April 30, 2010
Historical Examples of faker
Of course Dr. Munro nowhere suggests that any excavator is the guilty “faker.”The Clyde Mystery
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.The Moving Picture Girls Snowbound
Laura Lee Hope
With what fine contempt the 'rube' is surveyed by the faker who has plucked him!An Anarchist Woman
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
- (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
Word Origin for fake
- (tr usually foll by down) to coil (a rope) on deck
- one round of a coil of rope
Word Origin for fake
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.