[ 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.
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Origin of feign
1250–1300; Middle English fei(g)nen < Old French feign-, present stem of feindre < Latin fingere to shape, invent, feign
SYNONYMS FOR feign
4 See pretend.
OTHER WORDS FROM feignfeign·er, nounfeign·ing·ly, adverbun·feign·ing, adjectiveun·feign·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for feigner
/ (feɪn) /
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 feignfeigner, nounfeigningly, adverb
Word Origin for feign
C13: from Old French feindre to pretend, from Latin fingere to form, shape, invent
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