- To feign is defined as to make up a story or act in a way that you don't feel.
An example of to feign is to seem like you’re sick to get out of going to school.
- Obsolete to form; shape
- to make up (a story, excuse, etc.); invent; fabricate
- to make a false show of; pretend; imitate; simulate
- Archaic to imagine
Origin: Middle English feinen ; from Old French feindre (prp. feignant) ; from Classical Latin fingere, to touch, handle, shape: see figure
- feigner noun
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verb feigned, feign·ing, feigns verb, transitive
- a. To give a false appearance of: feign sleep.b. To represent falsely; pretend to: feign authorship of a novel.
- To imitate so as to deceive: feign another's voice.
- To fabricate: feigned an excuse.
- Archaic To invent or imagine.
Origin: Middle English feinen, from Old French feindre, from Latin fingere, to shape, form; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.