- to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.
Origin of malinger
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Historical Examples of malinger
"Sheep," who has been disposed to malinger, is the worst of the lot.Adventures in Alaska
Samuel Hall Young
It was quick work; but Bowles had a college education—he had been only six hours a cowboy when he learned to malinger on the job.Bat Wing Bowles
One, of course, can readily see with what facility an individual of the type under discussion could malinger mental symptoms.Studies in Forensic Psychiatry
No man ever essayed to malinger or to shirk a duty to which he had been allotted by the doctor.Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons
Henry Charles Mahoney
- (intr) to pretend or exaggerate illness, esp to avoid work
Word Origin for malinger
Word Origin and History for malinger
1820, from French malingrer "to suffer," perhaps also "pretend to be ill," from malingre "ailing, sickly" (13c.), of uncertain origin, possibly a blend of mingre "sickly, miserable" and malade "ill." Mingre is itself a blend of maigre "meager" + haingre "sick, haggard," possibly from Germanic (cf. Middle High German hager "thin"). The sense evolution may be through notion of beggars with sham sores. Related: Malingered; malingering; malingerer (1785).
- To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.