Definitions for malingerməˈlɪŋ gər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ma•lin•germəˈlɪŋ gər(v.i.)

  1. to pretend illness, esp. in order to shirk duty or work.

Origin of malinger:

1810–20; < F malingre sickly =mal-mal - + OF heingre haggard


Princeton's WordNet

  1. malinger, skulk(verb)

    avoid responsibilities and duties, e.g., by pretending to be ill


  1. malinger(Verb)

    To feign illness, injury, or incapacitation in order to avoid work or obligation.

    It is not uncommon on exam days for several students to malinger rather than prepare themselves.

  2. Origin: From malingrer, from adjective malingre.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Malinger(verb)

    to act the part of a malingerer; to feign illness or inability

Anagrams of malinger

  1. germinal, Germinal

  2. maligner

  3. Germinal

Translations for malinger

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to pretend to be unwell eg in order to avoid work

He says he's ill, but I think he's just malingering.

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