An example of to feign is to seem like you’re sick to get out of going to school.
Feign another's voice.
Feigned an excuse.
He feigned that he had gone home at the appointed time.
Jessica feigned the fact that she had not done her homework.
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”).