Malinger meaning

mə-lĭnggər
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Malinger is defined as to fake sick or to exaggerate an illness in order to skip school, work or some other undesirable event.

When you pretend you have a stomach ache so you do not have to go to school, this is an example of malinger.

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To pretend to be ill or otherwise incapacitated in order to escape duty or work; shirk.
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To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.
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(intransitive) To feign illness, injury, or incapacitation in order to avoid work or obligation.

It is not uncommon on exam days for several students to malinger rather than prepare themselves.

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Origin of malinger

  • From French malingre sickly

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

  • From French malingrer, from adjective malingre.

    From Wiktionary