- False is defined as untrue, misleading or artificial.
- A fact that is untrue is an example of a fact that would be described as false.
- A suitcase with a hidden compartment in the bottom is an example of a suitcase with a false bottom.
- Dentures that you wear after your own teeth fall out are an example of false teeth.
false definition by Webster's New World
- not true; in error; incorrect; mistaken: a false argument
- untruthful; lying; dishonest: a false witness
- disloyal; unfaithful: a false friend
- deceiving or meant to deceive; misleading: a false scent
- not real; artificial; counterfeit: false teeth
- not properly so named; deceptively resembling: false jasmine
- based on wrong or mistaken ideas: false pride
- Mech. temporary, nonessential, or added on for protection, disguise, etc.: a false drawer
- Music pitched inaccurately
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from fals ; from Classical Latin falsus, past participle of fallere, to deceive: see fail
false definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective fals·er, fals·est
- Contrary to fact or truth: false tales of bravery.
- Deliberately untrue: delivered false testimony under oath.
- Arising from mistaken ideas: false hopes of writing a successful novel.
- Intentionally deceptive: a suitcase with a false bottom; false promises.
- Not keeping faith; treacherous: a false friend. See Synonyms at faithless.
- Not genuine or real: false teeth; false documents.
- Erected temporarily, as for support during construction.
- Resembling but not accurately or properly designated as such: a false thaw in January; the false dawn peculiar to the tropics.
- Music Of incorrect pitch.
- Unwise; imprudent: Don't make a false move or I'll shoot.
- Computer Science Indicating one of two possible values taken by a variable in Boolean logic or a binary device.
Origin: Middle English fals, from Old English, counterfeit, and from Old French, false, both from Latin falsus, from past participle of fallere, to deceive.
- falseˈly adverb
- falseˈness noun
false - Phrases/Idioms
play someone false
put in a false position