verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of feign
Examples from the Web for feign
They cannot feign ignorance at the end of a journey that was ugly all along.Hillary, ‘The Family,’ and Uganda’s Anti-Gay Christian Mafia|Sally Kohn|February 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Give us a moment to feign excitement...TVLine Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy went trick-or-treating together.New Tina Fey Comedy Coming to NBC, Kanye West Whines About Proposal Video Leak|Culture Team|November 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And you have to possess a certain amount of humility—or at least try to feign it from time to time.The Larry Summers Whodunit: Who Killed His Shot at Running the Fed?|Daniel Gross|September 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But anyone who can feign a relationship for 40 days can surely do it for one meal.
I could likely feign my way through a short story—a very short story—in Farsi.
Fear nothing, feign complete ignorance, let them lead the way, and march straight up to the bridge.The Usurper|Judith Gautier
Mr. Buxton stood back a little, waiting; he must feign to be asleep at first.By What Authority?|Robert Hugh Benson
Let it carry your compliments; and whoever you are, add expressions that feign you to be in love, and entreaties not a few.
Ought not you to feign that it is only about thirteen carats when it is actually eighteen?Imaginary Interviews|W. D. Howells
If you have been, as you say, to Monsieur Margueron, it was to tell him to feign illness.A Start in Life|Honore de Balzac
Word Origin for feign
c.1300, from Old French feign-, present participle stem of feindre "pretend, represent, imitate, shirk" (12c.), from Latin fingere "to touch, handle; devise; fabricate, alter, change" (see fiction). Related: Feigned; feigning.