not true or correct; erroneous: a false statement.
uttering or declaring what is untrue: a false witness.
not faithful or loyal; treacherous: a false friend.
tending to deceive or mislead; deceptive: a false impression.
not genuine; counterfeit.
based on mistaken, erroneous, or inconsistent impressions, ideas, or facts: false pride.
used as a substitute or supplement, especially temporarily: false supports for a bridge.
Biology. having a superficial resemblance to something that properly bears the name: the false acacia.
not properly, accurately, or honestly made, done, or adjusted: a false balance.
inaccurate in pitch, as a musical note.
dishonestly; faithlessly; treacherously: Did he speak false against me?
Idioms about false
play someone false, to betray someone; be treacherous or faithless.
- falsely, adverb
- falseness, noun
- half-false, adjective
- quasi-false, adjective
- quasi-falsely, adverb
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How to use false in a sentence
In this sense, a short ride can be something of a false economy, like cheap bib shorts or treating your serious medical condition with CBD.Why 20 Miles Is the Perfect Length for a Bike Ride | Eben Weiss | November 20, 2020 | Outside Online
Kotz, the university spokeswoman, said by email that scientists and inspectors found no evidence showing the results were false positives.Hogan’s first batch of coronavirus tests from South Korea were flawed, never used | Steve Thompson | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Blackfishing got its name from catfishing, slang for someone seducing a person by using a false identity.
And, we do not try to determine uh what’s true or false when someone takes a policy position or when someone says the sky is purple or blue, or red for that matter.
It’s very easy for us to make the false assumption that the listener understands what we mean, not only when we use math-specific terminology, but also in the way we phrase descriptions and make assumptions.
Vasquez had also been told, falsely, that his fingerprints had been found at the scene.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities | Elizabeth Picciuto | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In fact, far more men are not held accountable for sexual assault than are falsely accused of it.The College Bro’s Burden: Consent and Assault Cast a Shadow on Sexy Times | Amy Zimmerman | August 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the case of a falsely reassuring prenatal test, there are two possibilities for a lawsuit against a health practitioner.
This is the problem facing the Halls and anyone else who receives a falsely reassuring result on a prenatal test.
She was riding in the van when Isaias falsely decided that she was pregnant.Somaly Mam, This Is What a Real Trafficking Victim Says | Michael Daly | May 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dreadful are the denunciations uttered against such as swear falsely.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
He through whose agency another has been falsely punished stands outside of heaven's gates.
Both the witnesses will speak truly six in every twelve times; both falsely once in twelve times.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive | John Stuart Mill
Either Gazelle had been falsely accused or the theft had been much smaller than was represented.The Animal Story Book | Various
“The better reason, since we were falsely suspected, that we should get clear,” I cried.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for false
not in accordance with the truth or facts
irregular or invalid: a false start
untruthful or lying: a false account
not genuine, real, or natural; artificial; fake: false eyelashes
being or intended to be misleading or deceptive: a false rumour
disloyal or treacherous: a false friend
based on mistaken or irrelevant ideas or facts: false pride; a false argument
(prenominal) (esp of plants) superficially resembling the species specified: false hellebore
serving to supplement or replace, often temporarily: a false keel
(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
in a false or dishonest manner (esp in the phrase play (someone) false)
- falsely, adverb
- falseness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with false
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
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.