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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH feint

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)

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 3)

feint2
/ (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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