1. [ verb ] make believe with the intent to deceive
Synonyms: pretend affect dissemble sham

"He feigned that he was ill" "He shammed a headache"

Related terms: misrepresent mouth play_possum waffle take_a_dive make hypocrite imposter pretense pretense malingerer
2. [ verb ] make a pretense of
Synonyms: assume sham simulate

"She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger" "he feigned sleep"

Related terms: dissemble play feint imposter pretense
Similar spelling:   Fegan