- 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 put the opponent off guard, as in boxing or warfare
Origin of feintFrench feint from past participle of feindre: see feign
- a. A military attack or maneuver that is meant to divert attention away from a planned point of attack.b. A body movement that is intended to divert another's attention, often by being deliberately left uncompleted: “The mongoose begins with a feint, which provokes the snake to strike” ( Norbert Wiener )
- A deceptive action calculated to divert attention from one's real purpose. See Synonyms at wile.
verbfeint·ed, feint·ing, feints
- To deceive with a feint: He feinted his opponent with a left hook.
- To do or perform as a feint: feinted a punch.
Origin of feintFrench feinte from Old French from past participle of feindre to feign ; see feign .
(third-person singular simple present feints, present participle feinting, simple past and past participle feinted)
- To make a feint, or mock attack.
- (fencing, boxing, war) (of an attack) directed toward a different part from the intended strike
- A movement made to confuse the opponent, a dummy
- That which is feigned; an assumed or false appearance; a pretense; a stratagem; a fetch.
- (fencing, boxing, war) An offensive movement resembling an attack in all but its continuance
- The narrowest rule used in the production of lined writing paper (C19: Variant of FAINT)
French feint (“pretended”), from Old French feindre ("to feign")