from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To give a false appearance of: feign sleep.
- transitive v. To represent falsely; pretend to: feign authorship of a novel.
- transitive v. To imitate so as to deceive: feign another's voice.
- transitive v. To fabricate: feigned an excuse.
- transitive v. Archaic To invent or imagine.
- intransitive v. To pretend; dissemble.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To represent by a false appearance of; to pretend; to counterfeit.
- v. To give a mental existence to something that is not real or actual; to imagine; to invent; to pretend; to form and relate as if true.
- v. To dissemble; to conceal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To give a mental existence to, as to something not real or actual; to imagine; to invent; hence, to pretend; to form and relate as if true.
- transitive v. To represent by a false appearance of; to pretend; to counterfeit.
- transitive v. To dissemble; to conceal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To invent or imagine; utter, relate, or represent falsely or deceitfully.
- To make a false appearance of; counterfeit; simulate; pretend: as, to feign death.
- To dissemble; disguise; conceal.
- Reflexively, to show a sudden weakness; become weak or faint.
- Synonyms To affect, simulate, profess.
- To make believe; practise dissimulation or false representation; dissemble.
- To sing with a low voice.
- n. Dissimulation; deception; falsehood.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a pretence of
- v. make believe with the intent to deceive
Middle English feinen, from Old French feindre, from Latin fingere, to shape, form; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French feindre ("to pretend"), from Latin fingere ("to form, shape, invent"). (Wiktionary)