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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of:

    to feign sickness.

  2. to invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse.

  3. to imitate deceptively:

    to feign another's voice.

  4. (v.i.)to make believe; pretend:

    He is only feigning.

* Syn: See pretend.

Origin of feign:

1250–1300; ME < OF < L fingere to shape


Princeton's WordNet

  1. feign, sham, pretend, affect, dissemble(verb)

    make believe with the intent to deceive

    "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"

  2. simulate, assume, sham, feign(verb)

    make a pretence of

    "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"


  1. feign(Verb)

    To represent by a false appearance of; to pretend; to counterfeit.

    The pupil feigned sickness on the day of his exam.

  2. feign(Verb)

    To give a mental existence to something that is not real or actual; to imagine; to invent; to pretend; to form and relate as if true.

    He feigned that he had gone home at the appointed time.

  3. feign(Verb)

    To dissemble; to conceal.

    Jessica feigned the fact that she had not done her homework.

  4. Origin: feindre, from fingere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Feign(verb)

    to give a mental existence to, as to something not real or actual; to imagine; to invent; hence, to pretend; to form and relate as if true

  2. Feign(verb)

    to represent by a false appearance of; to pretend; to counterfeit; as, to feign a sickness

  3. Feign(verb)

    to dissemble; to conceal

Translations for feign

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to pretend to feel

He feigned illness.

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