- 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.
- 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 of falseMiddle English from Old French from fals from Classical Latin falsus, past participle of fallere, to deceive: see fail
play someone false
put in a false position
- 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.
- Computers Indicating one of two possible values taken by a variable in Boolean logic or a binary device.
Origin of falseMiddle English fals from Old English counterfeit, and from Old French false both from Latin falsus from past participle of fallere to deceive
(comparative falser, superlative falsest)
- Untrue, not factual, factually incorrect.
- Based on factually incorrect premises: false legislation
- Spurious, artificial.
- false teeth
- (logic) Of a state in Boolean logic that indicates a negative result.
- Uttering falsehood; dishonest or deceitful.
- a false witness
- Not faithful or loyal, as to obligations, allegiance, vows, etc.; untrue; treacherous.
- a false friend, lover, or subject; false to promises
- Not well founded; not firm or trustworthy; erroneous.
- a false conclusion; a false construction in grammar
- Not essential or permanent, as parts of a structure which are temporary or supplemental.
- (music) Out of tune.
(comparative more false, superlative most false)
- Not truly; not honestly; falsely.
Middle English false, from Anglo-Norman and Old French fals, faus, from Latin falsus (“counterfeit, false; falsehood”), perfect passive participle of fallō (“deceive”). Compare Old English fals (“wrong, mistaken”), German falsch, Dutch vals, Danish and Swedish falsk, all from Latin falsus. Displaced native Middle English les, lese (“false”), from Old English lēas; See lease, leasing.