What does malinger mean?

Definitions for malinger
məˈlɪŋ gərma·lin·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. malinger, skulkverb

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


  1. malingerverb

    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. Etymology: From malingrer, from adjective malingre.


  1. malinger

    Malingering is the fabrication, feigning, or exaggeration of physical or psychological symptoms designed to achieve a desired outcome, such as relief from duty or work.Malingering is not a medical diagnosis, but may be recorded as a "focus of clinical attention" or a "reason for contact with health services". Malingering is categorized as distinct from other forms of excessive illness behavior such as somatization disorder and factitious disorder, although not all mental health professionals agree with this formulation.Failure to detect actual cases of malingering imposes an economic burden on health care systems, workers' compensation programs, and disability programs, such as Social Security Disability Insurance and veterans' disability benefits. False accusations of malingering often harm genuine patients or claimants.


  1. malinger

    Malinger is a verb that refers to the act of pretending to be ill, injured, or otherwise unable to work in order to avoid doing something or going somewhere. It often implies an intention of deception or dishonesty.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Malingerverb

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Malinger

    ma-ling′gėr, v.i. to feign sickness in order to avoid duty.—ns. Maling′erer; Maling′ery, feigned sickness. [Fr. malingremal—L. malus, bad, O. Fr. heingre, ailing—L. æger, sick.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. malinger

    To feign illness, or to protract disease in order to avoid duty.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Malinger is ranked #159712 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Malinger surname appeared 101 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Malinger.

    90.1% or 91 total occurrences were White.

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  1. germinal

  2. Germinal

  3. maligner

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of malinger in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of malinger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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