- 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.
- to make a feint.
- to make a feint at; deceive with a feint.
- to make a false show of; simulate.
Origin of feint
Examples from the Web for feinted
Incurring the wrath of the nihilists early, he feinted right.The Forgotten Russian: The Genius of Nikolai Leskov
April 10, 2013
They feinted a mimic—like Gore, Romney strode to the podium across the convention floor.Romney’s Lame Speech Might Have Gone Better Had He Learned From Bush 1 and Al Gore
September 1, 2012
The candidates, clearly worried about going too far, feinted and jabbed but threw no hard punches.Rick Santorum Defuses Time Bomb of Social Issues in CNN Debate
February 23, 2012
For some moments he feinted and lunged, seeking an opening, however slight.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
Just as before, Sutton feinted and saw his opening and swung.
Again Conway drove him into a corner of the ropes, feinted for the stomach.
The Battler feinted, swaying his body from side to side, and came at him.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
Brion feinted and the Lig-magte's arm moved clear of his body.Planet of the Damned
- 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
- (intr) to make a feint
- printing the narrowest rule used in the production of ruled paper
Word Origin and History for feinted
1670s, "a false show, a pretended blow," from French feinte "a feint, sham," abstract noun from Old French feint (13c.) "false, deceitful," originally fem. past participle of feindre (see feign).
Borrowed late 13c. as adjective, but now obsolete in that sense. Also as a noun in Middle English with sense "false-heartedness" (early 14c.), also "bodily weakness" (c.1400).
c.1300, feinten, "to deceive, pretend," also "become feeble or exhausted; to lack spirit or courage," from feint (adj.); see feint (n.). Cf. Old French feintir "be slow, delay." Sense of "to make a sham attack" is first attested 1833. Related: Feinted; feinting.