Definitions for falsefɔls

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

false*fɔls(adj.; adv.)fals•er, fals•est

  1. (adj.)not true or correct; erroneous; wrong:

    a false statement.

  2. uttering or declaring what is untrue; lying:

    a false witness.

  3. not faithful or loyal; treacherous; hypocritical:

    a false friend.

  4. tending to deceive or mislead; deceptive:

    a false impression.

  5. not genuine; counterfeit.

  6. based on mistaken, erroneous, or inconsistent impressions, ideas, or facts:

    false pride.

  7. used as a substitute or supplement, esp. temporarily:

    false supports for a bridge.

  8. Biol. having a superficial resemblance to something that properly bears the name:

    the false acacia.

    Category: Biology

  9. not properly, accurately, or honestly made, done, or adjusted:

    a false balance.

  10. inaccurate in pitch, as a musical note.

  11. (adv.)dishonestly; faithlessly; treacherously.

Idioms for false:

  1. play someone false,to betray or mislead someone.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: false , sham , counterfeit agree in referring to something that is not genuine. false is used mainly of imitations of concrete objects; it sometimes implies an intent to deceive: false teeth; false hair.sham is rarely used of concrete objects and usu. has the suggestion of intent to deceive: sham title; sham tears.counterfeit always has the implication of cheating; it is used particularly of spurious imitation of coins and paper money.

Origin of false:

bef. 1000; ME, OE fals < L falsus, ptp. of fallere to deceive


Princeton's WordNet

  1. false(adj)

    not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality

    "gave false testimony under oath"; "false tales of bravery"

  2. false, mistaken(adj)

    arising from error

    "a false assumption"; "a mistaken view of the situation"

  3. false(adj)

    erroneous and usually accidental

    "a false start"; "a false alarm"

  4. false(adj)

    deliberately deceptive

    "false pretenses"

  5. delusive, false(adj)

    inappropriate to reality or facts

    "delusive faith in a wonder drug"; "delusive expectations"; "false hopes"

  6. fake, false, faux, imitation, simulated(adj)

    not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article

    "it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur"; "faux pearls"; "false teeth"; "decorated with imitation palm leaves"; "a purse of simulated alligator hide"

  7. false(adj)

    designed to deceive

    "a suitcase with a false bottom"

  8. false, off-key, sour(adj)

    inaccurate in pitch

    "a false (or sour) note"; "her singing was off key"

  9. assumed, false, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on, sham(adj)

    adopted in order to deceive

    "an assumed name"; "an assumed cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham modesty"

  10. false, untrue(adverb)

    (used especially of persons) not dependable in devotion or affection; unfaithful

    "a false friend"; "when lovers prove untrue"

  11. faithlessly, traitorously, treacherously, treasonably, false(adverb)

    in a disloyal and faithless manner

    "he behaved treacherously"; "his wife played him false"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. false(adjective)ɔls

    not true

    a false statement; false advertising; The charges turned out to be false.

  2. falseɔls

    not real; = fake

    false documents; false eyelashes

  3. falseɔls

    based on incorrect information

    The news report gave us false hope.; a false impression of the size of the building

  4. falseɔls

    not sincere

    false words

  5. falseɔls

    using deliberately untrue information

    They took my money under false pretenses.


  1. false(Adjective)

    Untrue, not factual, factually incorrect.

  2. false(Adjective)

    Based on factually incorrect premises: false legislation

  3. false(Adjective)

    Spurious, artificial (as in false teeth).

  4. false(Adjective)

    A state in Boolean logic that indicates a negative result.

  5. Origin: From false, from fals, from falsus, perfect passive participle of fallo. Uncommon before the 12 century, the word was reinforced in Middle English by fals (compare faus), eventually displacing native les, lese, from leas; See lease, leasing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. False

    uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit; dishnest; as, a false witness

  2. False

    not faithful or loyal, as to obligations, allegiance, vows, etc.; untrue; treacherous; perfidious; as, a false friend, lover, or subject; false to promises

  3. False

    not according with truth or reality; not true; fitted or likely to deceive or disappoint; as, a false statement

  4. False

    not genuine or real; assumed or designed to deceive; counterfeit; hypocritical; as, false tears; false modesty; false colors; false jewelry

  5. False

    not well founded; not firm or trustworthy; erroneous; as, a false claim; a false conclusion; a false construction in grammar

  6. False

    not essential or permanent, as parts of a structure which are temporary or supplemental

  7. False

    not in tune

  8. False(adverb)

    not truly; not honestly; falsely

  9. False(adj)

    to report falsely; to falsify

  10. False(adj)

    to betray; to falsify

  11. False(adj)

    to mislead by want of truth; to deceive

  12. False(adj)

    to feign; to pretend to make


  1. FALSE

    FALSE is an esoteric programming language designed by Wouter van Oortmerssen in 1993, named after his favorite Boolean value. It is a small Forth-like stack-oriented language, with syntax designed to make the code inherently obfuscated, confusing, and unreadable. It is also noteworthy for having a compiler of only 1024 bytes. According to Van Oortmerssen, FALSE provided the inspiration for various well-known esoteric languages, including brainfuck and Befunge. FALSE is notably more tractable than most esoteric programming languages. The fundamental operations that it provides are reasonably sensible, and there is no gratuitous complexity. In these respects it stands in strong contrast to the behemoths Intercal and Malbolge. The difficulty of programming in FALSE comes mostly from the low-level nature of the language, which has the feel of a Forth-like assembly language. The remainder of the language's awkwardness comes from the concise punctuation-based syntax, which many people find more difficult than a more conventional word-based syntax. The language features basic arithmetic and logical operations, variables, subroutines, control flow statements, and input/output operations. FALSE operations are done using a stack. Its structure is largely based on the Forth programming language.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'false' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2812

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'false' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3369

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'false' in Adjectives Frequency: #373

Anagrams of false

  1. leafs

  2. fleas

Translations for false

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not true; not correct

He made a false statement to the police.

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