a movement made in order to deceive an adversary; an attack aimed at one place or point merely as a distraction from the real place or point of attack: military feints; the feints of a skilled fencer.
a feigned or assumed appearance: His air of approval was a feint to conceal his real motives.
verb (used without object)
to make a feint.
verb (used with object)
to make a feint at; deceive with a feint.
to make a false show of; simulate.

1275–1325; Middle English < Old French feinte, noun use of feminine of feint pretended, past participle of feindre to feign

fain, faint, feign, feint.
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feint1 (feɪnt)
1.  a mock attack or movement designed to distract an adversary, as in a military manoeuvre or in boxing, fencing, etc
2.  a misleading action or appearance
3.  (intr) to make a feint
[C17: from French feinte, from feint pretended, from Old French feindre to feign]

feint2 (feɪnt)
printing the narrowest rule used in the production of ruled paper
[C19: variant of faint]

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Word Origin & History

1670s, from Fr. feinte "a feint, sham," from O.Fr. feint, originally fem. pp. of feindre (see feign). Borrowed early 14c. as adj., but now obsolete in that sense. The verb "to make a sham attack" is first attested 1833. Related: Feinted; feinting.
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Example sentences
Confederates feinted more charges here and there, but neither side attempted another serious offensive.
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