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.
To pretend to be ill or otherwise incapacitated in order to escape duty or work; shirk.
To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.
Origin of malinger
- From French malingre sickly
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French malingrer, from adjective malingre.