Feign Definition

fān
feigned, feigning, feigns
verb
feigned, feigning, feigns
To give a false appearance of.
Feign sleep.
American Heritage
To form; shape.
Webster's New World
To represent falsely; pretend to.
Feign authorship of a novel.
American Heritage
To make up (a story, excuse, etc.); invent; fabricate.
Webster's New World
To make a false show of; pretend; imitate; simulate.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
  • be true
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Origin of Feign

  • Middle English feinen from Old French feindre from Latin fingere to shape, form dheigh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French feindre (“to pretend”), from Latin fingere (“to form, shape, invent”).

    From Wiktionary

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