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Princeton's WordNet

  1. malingerer, skulker, shammernoun

    someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity


  1. malingerernoun

    A person who malingers.


  1. malingerer

    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. malingerer

    A malingerer is a person who pretends to be ill, injured, or otherwise unable to work or fulfill their responsibilities in order to avoid doing something or to receive special treatment or attention. This act of feigning, exaggerating or self-inducing sickness for personal benefit is often considered deceitful and socially unacceptable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Malingerernoun

    in the army, a soldier who feigns himself sick, or who induces or protracts an illness, in order to avoid doing his duty; hence, in general, one who shirks his duty by pretending illness or inability

  2. Etymology: [F. malingre sickly, weakly, prob. from mal ill + OF. heingre, haingre, thin, lean, infirm, fr. L. aeger.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. malingerer

    [Fr. malingre]. One who counterfeits illness for the purpose of avoiding duty.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. malingerer

    A soldier who feigns himself sick. Any soldier convicted of malingering, feigning or producing disease, or of intentionally protracting his cure or aggravating his disease, is liable to be tried by a court-martial for “conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline,” and to suffer the punishment attached to that offense.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of malingerer in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of malingerer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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