malinger

[muh-ling-ger]
verb (used without object)
to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.

Origin:
1810–20; < French malingre sickly, ailing, equivalent to mal- mal- + Old French heingre haggard (perhaps < Gmc)

malingerer, noun
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malinger (məˈlɪŋɡə)
 
vb
(intr) to pretend or exaggerate illness, esp to avoid work
 
[C19: from French malingre sickly, perhaps from mal badly + Old French haingre feeble]
 
ma'lingerer
 
n

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malinger
1785 (implied in malingerer), from Fr. malingrer "to suffer," perhaps also "pretend to be ill," from malingre "ailing, sickly," possibly a blend of mingre "sickly, miserable" and malade "ill." Mingre is itself a blend of maigre "meager" + haingre "sick, haggard," possibly from Gmc. (cf. M.H.G. hager
"thin"). The sense evolution may be through notion of beggars with sham sores. Related: Malingerer; malingering.
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malinger ma·lin·ger (mə-lĭng'gər)
v. ma·lin·gered, ma·lin·ger·ing, ma·lin·gers
To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.


ma·lin'ger·er n.
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It can malinger, it can move quite quickly, and it can move easily.
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