Verb feign Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


feign (third-person singular simple present feigns, present participle feigning, simple past and past participle feigned)

  1. To make a false copy or version of; to counterfeit.
  2. To imagine; to invent; to pretend.
  3. To make an action as if doing one thing, but actually doing another, for example to trick an opponent.
  4. To hide or conceal.

More definition: represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of, to feign sickness. invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse. imitate deceptively, to feign another's voice. make believe; pretend, She's only feigning, she isn't really ill.

1. to put on a show of (a quality or emotion); pretend, to feign innocence

2. (transitive) to make up; invent, to feign an excuse

3. (transitive) to copy; imitate, to feign someone's laugh Derived Formsfeigner, nounfeigningly, adverb Word OriginC13, from Old French feindre to pretend, from Latin fingere to form, shape, inventCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
c.1300, from Old French feign-, present participle stem of feindre "pretend, represent, imitate, shirk" (12c.), from Latin fingere "to touch, handle; devise; fabricate, alter, change" (see fiction). Related, Feigned; feigning.


She tried to feign innocence but her eyes were probably full of mischief instead.

Cassie drew her brows down to feign a stern expression.

Whatever permanence or identity is ascribed to an impression or idea is the result of association, is one of those " propensities to feign " which are due to natural connexions among ideas.

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