Word to the Wise: feign

feign (verb) [pronounce fayn – rhymes with pain] – to pretend (= acting like someone you’re not or acting as if you’re doing something)

feigning (adjective) – pretending

feigningly (adverb) – pretending


Here are some examples of how you can use feign:

Derek didn’t want to go to work, so he feigned sickness.

We were feigning to laugh at out boss’ jokes because we felt a bit sorry for him.

Be careful with those girls, they’re only feigning innocence.

They were feigning interest, but actually they were thinking about dinner.

The movie star feigned authorship of his memoirs, but he had only written some ideas for the first chapter and the rest was written by a ghost writer.

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