WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ma•lin•ger /məˈlɪŋgɚ/USA pronunciation   v. [no object]
  1. to pretend illness, esp. in order to avoid duty or work.
ma•lin•ger•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ma•lin•ger  (mə linggər),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to pretend illness, esp. in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.
ma•linger•er, n. 
  • Gmc)
  • French malingre sickly, ailing, equivalent. to mal- mal- + Old French heingre haggard (perh.
  • 1810–20


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

malinger /məˈlɪŋɡə/ vb
  1. (intransitive) to pretend or exaggerate illness, esp to avoid work
Etymology: 19th Century: from French malingre sickly, perhaps from mal badly + Old French haingre feeble

maˈlingerer n



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