fake1

[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
1805–15; 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.
British Dictionary definitions for fakest
fake1 (feɪk)
 
vb
1.  (tr) 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)
 
n
4.  an object, person, or act that is not genuine; sham, counterfeit, or forgery
 
adj
5.  not genuine; spurious
 
[originally (C18) thieves' slang to mug or do someone; probably via Polari from Italian facciare to make or do]
 
'faker1
 
n
 
'fakery1
 
n

fake2 (feɪk)
 
vb (usually foll by down)
1.  to coil (a rope) on deck
 
n
2.  one round of a coil of rope
 
[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 fakest
fake
attested in London criminal slang as adj. (1775), verb (1812), and noun (1827), but probably older. Likely source is feague "to spruce up by artificial means," from Ger. 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 L. facere "to do." Related: Faked; faker; fakes; faking.
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Slang related to fakest

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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