What does false mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. falseadjective

    not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality

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

  2. false, mistakenadjective

    arising from error

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

  3. falseadjective

    erroneous and usually accidental

    "a false start"; "a false alarm"

  4. falseadjective

    deliberately deceptive

    "false pretenses"

  5. delusive, falseadjective

    inappropriate to reality or facts

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

  6. fake, false, faux, imitation, simulatedadjective

    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. falseadjective

    designed to deceive

    "a suitcase with a false bottom"

  8. false, off-key, souradjective

    inaccurate in pitch

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

  9. assumed, false, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on, shamadjective

    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, untrueadverb

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

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

  11. faithlessly, traitorously, treacherously, treasonably, falseadverb

    in a disloyal and faithless manner

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


  1. falseadjective

    Untrue, not factual, factually incorrect.

  2. falseadjective

    Based on factually incorrect premises: false legislation

  3. falseadjective

    Spurious, artificial (as in false teeth).

  4. falseadjective

    A state in Boolean logic that indicates a negative result.

  5. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FALSEadjective

    Etymology: falsus, Latin; faux, fausse, French.

    Innocence shall make
    False accusation blush, and tyranny
    Tremble at patience. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    There are false witnesses among men. Roger L'Estrange.

    For how can that be false, which ev’ry tongue
    Of ev’ry mortal man affirms for true?
    Which truth hath in all ages been so strong,
    As, loadstone like, all hearts it ever drew. Davies.

    A farce is that in poetry which grotesque is in a picture: the persons and action of a farce are all unnatural, and the manners false; that is, inconsisting with the characters of mankind. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Take a vessel, and make a false bottom of coarse canvass: fill it with earth above the canvass. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

    The heart of man looks fair to the eye; but when we come to lay any weight upon’t, the ground is false under us. Roger L'Estrange, Fable 54.

    Now, fy upon my false French; by mine honour, in true English, I love thee, Kate. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    What thou would’st highly,
    That thou would’st holily; would’st not play false,
    And yet would’st wrongly win. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The true prince may, for recreation sake, prove a false thief; for the poor abuses of the times want countenance. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    Men are spunges, which, to pour out, receive;
    Who know false play, rather than lose, deceive. John Donne.

    I grant him bloody,
    Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful,
    Sudden, malicious, smacking of ev’ry sin
    That has a name. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    False of heart, light of ear, bloody of hand. William Shakespeare.

    A man to whom he had committed the trust of his person, in making him his chamberlain; this man, no ways disgraced, no ways discontent, no ways put in fear, turns false unto him. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    So hast thou cheated Theseus with a wile,
    Against thy vow, returning to beguile
    Under a borrow’d name; as false to me,
    So false thou art to him who set thee free. Dryden.

    The ladies will make a numerous party against him, for being false to love in forsaking Dido. John Dryden, Virg. Æn. Ded.

    False tears true pity moves: the king commands
    To loose his fetters. John Dryden, Æn. b. ii.

  2. To Falseverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Is’t not enough that to this lady mild,
    Thou falsed hast thy faith with perjury. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Fair seemly pleasance each to other makes,
    With goodly purposes there as they sit;
    And in his falsed fancy he, her takes
    To be the fairest wight that lived yet. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    But, Guyon, in the heat of all his strife,
    Was wary wise, and closely did await
    Advantage, whilst his foe did rage most rife;
    Sometimes athwart, sometimes he strook him strait,
    And falsed oft his blows t’ illude him with such bait. F. Qu.

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. Falseadverb

    not truly; not honestly; falsely

  9. Falseadjective

    to report falsely; to falsify

  10. Falseadjective

    to betray; to falsify

  11. Falseadjective

    to mislead by want of truth; to deceive

  12. Falseadjective

    to feign; to pretend to make

  13. Etymology: [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. False

    fawls, adj. deceptive or deceiving: untruthful: unfaithful to obligations: untrue: not genuine or real, counterfeit: hypocritical: not well founded, or not according to rule: artificial, as opposed to natural, of teeth, &c.—adv. incorrectly: faithlessly.—n. (Shak.) falsehood: untruth.—v.t. (Shak.) to betray.—ns. False conception, a uterine growth consisting of some degenerate mass instead of a fœtus; False′face, a mask.—adjs. False′-faced (Shak.), hypocritical; False′-heart′ed, treacherous, deceitful.—n. False′hood, state or quality of being false: want of truth: want of honesty: deceitfulness: false appearance: an untrue statement: a lie.—adv. False′ly.—ns. False′ness; Fals′er (Spens.), a deceiver, a liar.—adjs. Falsid′ical, deceptive; Fals′ish, somewhat false.—ns. Fals′ism, a self-evident falsity; Fals′ity, quality of being false: a false assertion.—Play one false, to act falsely or treacherously to a person; Put in a false position, to bring any one into a position in which he must be misunderstood. [O. Fr. fals (mod. faux)—L. falsus, pa.p. of fallĕre, to deceive.]

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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 for false »

  1. fleas

  2. leafs

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of false in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of false in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of false in a Sentence

  1. President Donald Trump:

    I didn't appreciate the fact that China was saying that our military gave it to them. Our military did not give it to anybody, china was putting out information, which was false, that our military gave this to them. That was false. And rather than having an argument, I said I had to call it where it came from. It did come from China. So, I think it's a very accurate term.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    The one guy that had some special interest that I know of that tried to get me to change my views on something, that was generous and gave me money, was Donald Trump. He wanted casino gambling in Florida, totally false.

  3. Richard Dalrymple:

    People who know me, co-workers, the media and colleagues, know who I am and what I’m about, i understand the very serious nature of these claims and do not take them lightly. The accusations are, however, false. One was accidental and the other simply did not happen. Everything that was alleged was thoroughly investigated years ago, and I cooperated fully.

  4. Claude Arnold:

    That creates great potential for an ISIS fighter to assume a false identity and engineer a refugee claim.

  5. Rick Hasen:

    It is hard to overstate how dangerous Bannon's words and actions are, steve Bannon's creating an army of duped people who will go into positions helping to run elections with the false understanding that the 2020 election was stolen. Who knows what such people are capable of doing when in charge of running polling places or counting votes.

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Translations for false

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  • زائفArabic
  • фалшив, неверен, грешен, изкуственBulgarian
  • gaouBreton
  • fals, incorrecte, artificial, postísCatalan, Valencian
  • nepravdivý, imitovaný, nepravý, falešný, umělýCzech
  • anwir, anghywir, gau, ffugWelsh
  • falsk, kunstigDanish
  • falsch, unecht, unwahrGerman
  • ψευδής, πλαστός, κίβδηλος, νόθοςGreek
  • malveraEsperanto
  • falso, postizoSpanish
  • غلطPersian
  • petollinen, epälojaali, väärä, kelvoton, valheellinen, vale-, perusteeton, teko, vale, epärehellinen, epävireinen, virheellinen, falski, väliaikainen, epätosi, keinotekoinen, keino-Finnish
  • faux, incorrect, artificielFrench
  • bréige, bréag-, falsa, bréagachIrish
  • breugach, fuadain, meallta, mealltachScottish Gaelic
  • falsoGalician
  • תותבת, שקרי, לא נכון, מזוייף, תותבHebrew
  • झूठा, खोटाHindi
  • hamis, mű-Hungarian
  • սխալ, կեղծArmenian
  • falseInterlingua
  • buatan, salahIndonesian
  • errato, bugiardo, falso, posticcio, fintoItalian
  • 虚偽, 偽のJapanese
  • ყალბიGeorgian
  • gawCornish
  • жаңылыш, арамза, ката, жасалмаKyrgyz
  • falsus, mendaxLatin
  • klaidingas, dirbtinis, netikras, neteisingasLithuanian
  • mākslīgs, nepareizs, viltots, kļūdainsLatvian
  • palsu, salahMalay
  • vals, onecht, fout, onwaar, onjuistDutch
  • falskNorwegian
  • falsOccitan
  • fałszywy, nieprawdziwy, sztucznyPolish
  • falso, artificial, erradoPortuguese
  • contrafăcut, neadevăr, fals, artificialRomanian
  • фальшивый, ложный, неправильныйRussian
  • अशुद्ध, असत्यSanskrit
  • osann, konstgjord, falsk, falsktSwedish
  • yanlış, yalan, yapay, sahteTurkish
  • کھوٹا, جھوٹھا, غلطUrdu
  • dobik, neveratikVolapük

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