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: He feinted left, then struck his opponent with a roar.

verb (used with object)

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

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Origin of feint

First recorded in 1670–80; from French feinte, from Old French feinte “fabrication,” noun use of feminine of feint “pretended,” past participle of feindre; see origin at feign

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH feint

fain, faint, feign, feint .
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British Dictionary definitions for feint (1 of 2)

feint1
/ (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 2)

feint2
/ (feɪnt) /

noun

printing the narrowest rule used in the production of ruled paper

Word Origin for feint

C19: variant of faint
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