[ muh-ling-ger ]
/ məˈlɪŋ gər /

verb (used without object)

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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for malingerer


/ (məˈlɪŋɡə) /


(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 malingerer


[ mə-lĭnggər ]


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