WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
feign /feɪn/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to pretend;
    put on an appearance of:to feign sickness.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
feign  (fān),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to represent fictitiously;
    put on an appearance of:to feign sickness.
  2. to invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse.
  3. to imitate deceptively:to feign another's voice.

  1. to make believe;
    pretend:She's only feigning, she isn't really ill.
feigner, n. 
feigning•ly, adv. 
  • Latin fingere to shape, invent, feign
  • Old French feign-, present stem of feindre
  • Middle English fei(g)nen 1250–1300
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  pretend. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

feign /feɪn/ vb
  1. to put on a show of (a quality or emotion); pretend: to feign innocence
  2. (transitive) to make up; invent: to feign an excuse
  3. (transitive) to copy; imitate
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French feindre to pretend, from Latin fingere to form, shape, invent

ˈfeigningly adv

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