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verb (used with object)
  1. to represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of: to feign sickness.

  2. to invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse.

  1. to imitate deceptively: to feign another's voice.

verb (used without object)
  1. 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

  • feign·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for feign


/ (feɪn) /

  1. to put on a show of (a quality or emotion); pretend: to feign innocence

  2. (tr) to make up; invent: to feign an excuse

  1. (tr) to copy; imitate: to feign someone's laugh

Origin of feign

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

Derived forms of feign

  • feigner, noun
  • feigningly, adverb

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