malinger

[ muh-ling-ger ]
/ məˈlɪŋ gər /

verb (used without object)

to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.

RELATED WORDS

Origin of malinger

1810–20; < French malingre sickly, ailing, equivalent to mal- mal- + Old French heingre haggard (perhaps < Gmc)

Related forms

ma·lin·ger·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for malinger

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for malinger

malinger

/ (məˈlɪŋɡə) /

verb

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

Derived Forms

malingerer, noun

Word Origin for malinger

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

malinger

[ mə-lĭnggər ]

v.

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