- Feint is defined as an act of trickery or deception.
- An example of feint is a child pretending to be sick to get out of going to school.
- An example of feint is a man pretending to throw a punch toward another man.
- a false show; sham
- a pretended blow or attack intended to take the opponent off his guard, as in boxing or warfare
Origin: French feint ; from past participle of feindre: see feign
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- A feigned attack designed to draw defensive action away from an intended target.
- A deceptive action calculated to divert attention from one's real purpose. See Synonyms at wile.
- To deceive with a feint.
- To make a deceptive show of.
Origin: French feinte, from Old French, from past participle of feindre, to feign; see feign.