feints

[feynts]
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plural noun


Nearby words

  1. feijoada,
  2. feininger,
  3. feininger, lyonel,
  4. feinschmecker,
  5. feint,
  6. feira de santana,
  7. feirie,
  8. feisal,
  9. feisal i,
  10. feisal ii

feint

[feynt]

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 confusedfain faint feign feint

faints

or feints

[feynts]

noun (used with a plural verb)

the impure spirit produced in the first and last stages of the distillation of whiskey.
Compare foreshots.

Origin of faints

1735–45; noun use (in plural) of faint (adj.)

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British Dictionary definitions for feints

feints

faints

pl n

the leavings of the second distillation of Scotch malt whisky

faints

pl n

a variant spelling of feints

feint

1

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

feint

2

noun

printing the narrowest rule used in the production of ruled paper

Word Origin for feint

C19: variant of faint

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