feign

[ feyn ]
/ feɪn /

verb (used with object)

to represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of: to feign sickness.
to invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse.
to imitate deceptively: to feign another's voice.

verb (used without object)

to make believe; pretend: She's only feigning, she isn't really ill.

Origin of feign

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English fei(g)nen, from Old French feign-, present stem of feindre, from Latin fingere “to shape, invent, feign”

synonym study for feign

4. See pretend.

OTHER WORDS FROM feign

feigner, nounfeign·ing·ly, adverbun·feign·ing, adjectiveun·feign·ing·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH feign

fain, faint, feign , feint.
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British Dictionary definitions for feign

feign
/ (feɪn) /

verb

to put on a show of (a quality or emotion); pretendto feign innocence
(tr) to make up; inventto feign an excuse
(tr) to copy; imitateto feign someone's laugh

Derived forms of feign

feigner, nounfeigningly, adverb

Word Origin for feign

C13: from Old French feindre to pretend, from Latin fingere to form, shape, invent
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