[ feyk ]
/ feɪk /
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.
- to improvise: to fake an accompaniment.
- 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.
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.
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Origin of fake1
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
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Example sentences from the Web for fakest
Finally, the race to crown the fakest sports fan in America had begun.
British Dictionary definitions for fakest (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 fakefaker, 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 fakest (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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