malingerer

[ muh-ling-ger-er ]
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noun
  1. a person who pretends to be sick, especially in order to avoid work or shirk responsibilities: Don’t reinforce the misguided perception that injured workers are just malingerers looking for a "paid vacation."

Origin of malingerer

1
First recorded in 1755–65; from French malingre “sickly,” of uncertain origin (perhaps from mal “badly” + obsolete haingre, heingre “lean, skinny”) + -er1

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