false

[ fawls ]
/ fɔls /

adjective, fals·er, fals·est.

adverb

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

Idioms for false

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

Origin of false

before 1000; Middle English, Old English fals < Latin falsus feigned, false, orig. past participle of fallere to deceive; reinforced by or reborrowed from Anglo-French, Old French fals, feminine false < Latin

SYNONYMS FOR false

5 artificial, spurious, bogus, forged. 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM false

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British Dictionary definitions for falsest

false
/ (fɔːls) /

adjective

adverb

in a false or dishonest manner (esp in the phrase play (someone) false)

Derived forms of false

falsely, adverbfalseness, noun

Word Origin for false

Old English fals, from Latin falsus, from fallere to deceive
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Idioms and Phrases with falsest

false

In addition to the idioms beginning with false

  • false alarm
  • false colors
  • false start
  • false step

also see:

  • lull into (false sense of security)
  • play false
  • ring false
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