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.
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Examples from the Web for feigner
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
Word Origin for feign
C13: from Old French feindre to pretend, from Latin fingere to form, shape, invent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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.
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