Verb feint Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


feint (third-person singular simple present feints, present participle feinting, simple past and past participle feinted)

  1. To make a feint, or mock attack.

More definition:

1.a movement made in order to deceive an adversary; an attack aimed at one place or point merely as a distraction from the real place or point of attack, military feints; the feints of a skilled fencer.

2.a feigned or assumed appearance, His air of approval was a feint to conceal his real motives. make a feint. make a feint at; deceive with a feint. make a false show of; simulate.


1. a mock attack or movement designed to distract an adversary, as in a military manoeuvre or in boxing, fencing, etc

2. a misleading action or appearance verb

3. (intransitive) to make a feint Word OriginC17, from French feinte, from feint pretended, from Old French feindre to feign feint2 /feɪnt/ noun
1. (printing) the narrowest rule used in the production of ruled paper Word OriginC19, variant of faint feints /feɪnts/ plural noun
1. the leavings of the second distillation of Scotch malt whisky Collins 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
1670s, "a false show, a pretended blow," from French feinte "a feint, sham," abstract noun from Old French feint (13c.) "false, deceitful," originally fem. past participle of feindre (see feign).Borrowed late 13c. as adjective, but now obsolete in that sense. Also as a noun in Middle English with sense "false-heartedness" (early 14c.), also "bodily weakness" (c.1400).
c.1300, feinten, "to deceive, pretend," also "become feeble or exhausted; to lack spirit or courage," from feint (adj.); see feint (n.). Cf. Old French feintir "be slow, delay." Sense of "to make a sham attack" is first attested 183

3. Related, Feinted; feinting.


Then, after a feint of passing on into Spain, Wellington rapidly marched south and, with 2 2,000 men, laid siege to Badajoz (March 17, 1812), Hill with 30,000 covering the siege near Merida.

Grant felt that this was a mere feint to screen some other move.

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