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[feyk] /feɪk/
verb (used with object), faked, faking.
1.
prepare or make (something specious, deceptive, or fraudulent):
to fake a report showing nonexistent profits.
2.
to conceal the defects of or make appear more attractive, interesting, valuable, etc., usually in order to deceive:
The story was faked a bit to make it more sensational.
3.
to pretend; simulate:
to fake illness.
4.
to accomplish by trial and error or by improvising:
I don't know the job, but I can fake it.
5.
to trick or deceive (an opponent) by making a fake (often followed by out):
The running back faked out the defender with a deft move and scored.
6.
Jazz.
  1. to improvise:
    to fake an accompaniment.
  2. to play (music) without reading from a score.
verb (used without object), faked, faking.
7.
to fake something; pretend.
8.
to give a fake to an opponent.
noun
9.
anything made to appear otherwise than it actually is; counterfeit:
This diamond necklace is a fake.
10.
a person who fakes; faker:
The doctor with the reputed cure for cancer proved to be a fake.
11.
a spurious report or story.
12.
Sports. a simulated play or move intended to deceive an opponent.
adjective
13.
designed to deceive or cheat; not real; counterfeit.
Verb phrases
14.
fake out, Slang.
  1. to trick; deceive:
    She faked me out by acting friendly and then stole my job.
  2. to surprise, as by a sudden reversal:
    They thought we weren't coming back, but we faked them out by showing up during dinner.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; orig. vagrants' slang: to do for, rob, kill (someone), shape (something); perhaps variant of obsolete feak, feague to beat, akin to Dutch veeg a slap, vegen to sweep, wipe
Synonyms
3. feign, affect, dissemble, sham, fabricate. 10. fraud, impostor, quack, charlatan, deceiver.

fake2

[feyk] /feɪk/
verb (used with object), faked, faking.
1.
to lay (a rope) in a coil or series of long loops so as to allow to run freely without fouling or kinking (often followed by down).
noun
2.
any complete turn of a rope that has been faked down.
3.
any of the various ways in which a rope may be faked down.
Also, flake.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English faken to coil (a rope), of obscure origin
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Examples from the web for fake
  • fake crying and pretend laughing are among the earliest.
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  • One year she arrived with a fake cast in order to pretend she had broken her leg.
  • Few can tell the difference between a well-made fake and the real thing.
  • But there's been little discussion to date of how a fake inscription might impact the claims to that area where mosques now stand.
  • People who fake symptoms of mental illness can convince themselves that they genuinely have those symptoms, a new study suggests.
  • We stand admiring the falling fake snow and flashing lasers.
  • Sure, you can look at the motion of an object to show it is fake.
  • One buyer said she had had a set of brooches examined by an independent appraiser who judged them fake.
  • More constructively: do not fake your way through an interview as practice.
British Dictionary definitions for fake

fake1

/feɪk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to cause (something inferior or not genuine) to appear more valuable, desirable, or real by fraud or pretence
2.
to pretend to have (an illness, emotion, etc): to fake a headache
3.
to improvise (music, stage dialogue, etc)
noun
4.
an object, person, or act that is not genuine; sham, counterfeit, or forgery
adjective
5.
not genuine; spurious
Derived Forms
faker, noun
fakery, noun
Word Origin
originally (C18) thieves' slang to mug or do someone; probably via Polari from Italian facciare to make or do

fake2

/feɪk/
verb
1.
(transitive) usually foll by down. to coil (a rope) on deck
noun
2.
one round of a coil of rope
Word Origin
Middle English faken, perhaps via Lingua Franca from Italian facciare to make or do; see fake1
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Word Origin and History for fake

attested in London criminal slang as adjective (1775), verb (1812), and noun (1851, of persons 1888), but probably older. A likely source is feague "to spruce up by artificial means," from German fegen "polish, sweep," also "to clear out, plunder" in colloquial use. "Much of our early thieves' slang is Ger. or Du., and dates from the Thirty Years' War" [Weekley]. Or it may be from Latin facere "to do." Related: Faked; fakes; faking.

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Slang definitions & phrases for fake

fake

adjective

: Sham; deceptive

noun

A sham or deception; something spurious (1827+)

verb
  1. To make something spurious; imitate deceptively: He was good at faking Old Masters (1812+)
  2. To improvise lines in a play (1909+ Theater)
  3. fake it

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr earlier feak, feague, or fig, ''to spruce up, esp by deceptive artificial means''; perhaps ultimately fr German fegen, ''clean, furbish,'' or Latin facere, ''to do'']


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