[ fawls ]
/ fɔls /
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adjective, fals·er, fals·est.


dishonestly; faithlessly; treacherously: Did he speak false against me?



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Idioms for false

    play someone false, to betray someone; be treacherous or faithless.

Origin of false

First recorded before 1000; Middle English, Old English fals, from Latin falsus “feigned, false,” originally past participle of fallere “to deceive”; reinforced by or reborrowed from Anglo-French, Old French fals (feminine false ), from Latin
5. False, sham, counterfeit agree in referring to something that is not genuine. False is used mainly of imitations of concrete objects; it sometimes implies an intent to deceive: false teeth; false hair. Sham is rarely used of concrete objects and usually has the suggestion of intent to deceive: sham title; sham tears. Counterfeit always has the implication of cheating; it is used particularly of spurious imitation of coins, paper money, etc.
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British Dictionary definitions for false

/ (fɔːls) /



in a false or dishonest manner (esp in the phrase play (someone) false)
falsely, adverbfalseness, noun
Old English fals, from Latin falsus, from fallere to deceive
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