Definition of "feign" []

  • To give a false appearance of: feign sleep. (verb-transitive)
  • To represent falsely; pretend to: feign authorship of a novel. (verb-transitive)
  • To imitate so as to deceive: feign another's voice. (verb-transitive)
  • To fabricate: feigned an excuse. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To invent or imagine. (verb-transitive)
  • To put on a show of (a quality or emotion); pretend (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To make up; invent (verb)
  • To copy; imitate (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "feign" in a sentence
  • "But there is a certain romantic senseless kind of love, such as poets sometimes celebrate, and men and women feign, which is a legitimate target for ridicule."
  • "To them, therefore, I had to feign feigning: I had to feign, that is, that I was feigning to keep their confidence, but that in reality that I was betraying it; while to Mr. Chiffinch I had to disclose these precious secrets not as true but as false, and conjecture with him what was the truth."
  • "Foerster reported that employers often described the Italian worker as “lazy, shirking, tricky, a time server” and complained that Italians were known—just as slaves were once known—to “feign sickness in order not to have to work in bad weather.”"