adjective, fals·er, fals·est.
- fallow deer,
- false acacia,
- false alarm,
- false aloe,
- false anemia,
- false aneurysm
Origin of false
Examples from the Web for false
He has contributed to a false picture of law enforcement based on isolated injustices.
And no issue should be defined by its outliers because it paints a false picture.
He quotes an unnamed cardinal saying that the conclave voters knew the charges were false.
Once people with ID are arrested, they are particularly susceptible to making coerced and often false confessions.
He maintains a list of people with ID whom he believes were unjustly convicted after false confessions.
He attacks these idols one after the other, and vigorously casts down these false gods.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
In a day or two the defeated aspirant had further cause to curse his false friend.The heart of happy hollow|Paul Laurence Dunbar
The secret you have whispered to me just now, whether true or false, I shall take to him.Gabriel Conroy|Bert Harte
At last I could try no more; they were all dead like mother; I had chased the false water on the savannah.Green Mansions|W. H. Hudson
It is as false a stimulant as opium or alcohol, and leaves a corresponding mark.The Translation of a Savage, Complete|Gilbert Parker
- (of a note, interval, etc) out of tune
- (of the interval of a perfect fourth or fifth) decreased by a semitone
- (of a cadence) interrupted or imperfect
Word Origin for false
late 12c., from Old French fals, faus (12c., Modern French faux) "false, fake, incorrect, mistaken, treacherous, deceitful," from Latin falsus "deceived, erroneous, mistaken," past participle of fallere "deceive, disappoint," of uncertain origin (see fail).
Adopted into other Germanic languages (cf. German falsch, Dutch valsch, Danish falsk), though English is the only one in which the active sense of "deceitful" (a secondary sense in Latin) has predominated. False alarm recorded from 1570s. Related: Falsely; falseness.
In addition to the idioms beginning with false
- false alarm
- false colors
- false start
- false step
- lull into (false sense of security)
- play false
- ring false