feint

[ feynt ]
/ feɪnt /

noun

a movement made in order to deceive an adversary; an attack aimed at one place or point merely as a distraction from the real place or point of attack: military feints; the feints of a skilled fencer.
a feigned or assumed appearance: His air of approval was a feint to conceal his real motives.

verb (used without object)

to make a feint.

verb (used with object)

to make a feint at; deceive with a feint.
to make a false show of; simulate.

Origin of feint

1275–1325; Middle English < Old French feinte, noun use of feminine of feint pretended, past participle of feindre to feign

Can be confused

fain faint feign feint

Definition for feint (2 of 2)

feints

[ feynts ]
/ feɪnts /

plural noun

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British Dictionary definitions for feint (1 of 3)

feint

1
/ (feɪnt) /

noun

a mock attack or movement designed to distract an adversary, as in a military manoeuvre or in boxing, fencing, etc
a misleading action or appearance

verb

(intr) to make a feint

Word Origin for feint

C17: from French feinte, from feint pretended, from Old French feindre to feign

British Dictionary definitions for feint (2 of 3)

feint

2
/ (feɪnt) /

noun

printing the narrowest rule used in the production of ruled paper

Word Origin for feint

C19: variant of faint

British Dictionary definitions for feint (3 of 3)

feints

faints

/ (feɪnts) /

pl n

the leavings of the second distillation of Scotch malt whisky
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