What does feign mean?

Definitions for feignfeɪn

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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

  4. Origin: [OE. feinen, F. feindre (p. pr. feignant), fr. L. fingere; akin to L. figura figure,and E. dough. See Dough, and cf. Figure, Faint, Effigy, Fiction.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Feign

    fān, v.t. to invent: to imagine: to make a show or pretence of, to counterfeit, simulate.—adj. Feigned, pretended: simulating.—adv. Feign′edly.—ns. Feign′edness; Feign′ing. [Fr. feindre, pr.p. feignant, to feign.—L. fingĕre, fictum, to form.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of feign in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of feign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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