verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of feign
Examples from the Web for feigning
They already know the answer, but they know by feigning ignorance they can create all this debate about it.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The whole point of being a pageant queen is to trot around in your bikini to be ogled at while feigning sexual naiveté.Miss America Hypocrisy: The Vanessa Williams Nude Photo Shaming|Amanda Marcotte|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This was a short time after Obama released his birth certificate and when Trump was feigning a run for president.Obama Will Weaponize Comedy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner|Dean Obeidallah|May 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“They just said they would be in touch,” I replied, feigning disinterest.
It seems to me to be very image-conscious, and you even have ex-prison guards and the like feigning street cred.CeeLo and Goodie Mob on Their Comeback, Kanye West’s ‘Emotional Problems,’ More|Marlow Stern|August 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She immediately descended to her room, and feigning sickness, threw herself upon her couch.Santal Folk Tales|A. Campbell
But then she fell back, like a broom on its handle, and stared at me, feigning anger.Lorna Doone|R. D. Blackmore
Taylor slipped off the rock and started toward Bud, feigning resentment.The Ranchman|Charles Alden Seltzer
He, accordingly, at times amused himself by feigning to be shot dead, suddenly dropping down beside one of his culverins.The Executioner's Knife|Eugne Sue
He looked at her so smilingly, feigning joy in his countenance when he stood on the threshold of death.The Golden Age in Transylvania|Mr Jkai
Word Origin for feign
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.