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malinger

[ muh-ling-ger ]
/ məˈlɪŋ gər /
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verb (used without object)
to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.
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Origin of malinger

First recorded in 1810–20; from French malingre “sickly, ailing,” equivalent to mal- “bad, ill” + Old French heingre “haggard” (perhaps from Germanic ); see mal-

OTHER WORDS FROM malinger

ma·lin·ger·er, noun
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How to use malinger in a sentence

  • 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|Dane Coolidge
  • One, of course, can readily see with what facility an individual of the type under discussion could malinger mental symptoms.

  • No man ever essayed to malinger or to shirk a duty to which he had been allotted by the doctor.

  • "Sheep," who has been disposed to malinger, is the worst of the lot.

    Adventures in Alaska|Samuel Hall Young

British Dictionary definitions for malinger

malinger
/ (məˈlɪŋɡə) /

verb
(intr) to pretend or exaggerate illness, esp to avoid work

Derived forms of malinger

malingerer, noun

Word Origin for malinger

C19: from French malingre sickly, perhaps from mal badly + Old French haingre feeble
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Medical definitions for malinger

malinger
[ mə-lĭnggər ]

v.
To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.
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