feign

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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.

Nearby words

  1. feetfirst,
  2. feeze,
  3. fef,
  4. fehling's solution,
  5. fei,
  6. feigned,
  7. feignedly,
  8. feijoa,
  9. feijoada,
  10. feininger

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

Can be confusedfain 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

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 Formsfeigner, nounfeigningly, adverb

Word Origin for feign

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

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Word Origin and History for feigner

feign

v.

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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