- to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.
Origin of malinger
Examples from the Web for malingering
Now that I am free, I have Medicaid and doctors no longer assume I am malingering.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
It was the first and last time I ever made an attempt at malingering.Marmaduke Merry
William H. G. Kingston
There is no excuse for malingering or cowardice during battle.The Armed Forces Officer
U. S. Department of Defense
A man can rise from grade to grade, or sink if "malingering."Glimpses into the Abyss
There were some who could not be persuaded to stay if they could see any chance of deserting or malingering.Now It Can Be Told
The simulation and malingering practiced by the fox is common knowledge.Studies in Forensic Psychiatry
- (intr) to pretend or exaggerate illness, esp to avoid work
Word Origin and History for malingering
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.