A little girl feigns illness.
An example of to feign is to seem like you’re sick to get out of going to school.
- Obs. 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 of feignMiddle English feinen ; from Old French feindre (prp. feignant) ; from Classical Latin fingere, to touch, handle, shape: see figure
verbfeigned, feign·ing, feigns
- 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 of feignMiddle English feinen, from Old French feindre, from Latin fingere, to shape, form; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present feigns, present participle feigning, simple past and past participle feigned)
- To make a false copy or version of; to counterfeit.
- The pupil feigned sickness on the day of his exam.
- They feigned her signature on the cheque.
- To imagine; to invent; to pretend.
- He feigned that he had gone home at the appointed time.
- To make an action as if doing one thing, but actually doing another, for example to trick an opponent.
- To hide or conceal.
- Jessica feigned the fact that she had not done her homework.
From Middle English, from Old French feindre (“to pretend”), from Latin fingere (“to form, shape, invent”).