feign

[ feyn ]
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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

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.

Related forms

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

Can be confused

fain faint feign feint
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Examples from the Web for feigner

  • This miraculously healed individual was a feigner, who had eventually been recognised at the Medical Verification Office.

  • Dost thou accuse the son of thy brother of being a feigner of that which he doth not feel?

    Mercedes of Castile|J. Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for feigner

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

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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