Feign v. t. [imp. & p. p. Feigned p. pr. & vb. n. Feigning.]
1. To give a mental existence to, as to something not real or actual; to imagine; to invent; hence, to pretend; to form and relate as if true.
There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart. --Neh. vi. 8.
Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods. --Shak.
2. To represent by a false appearance of; to pretend; to counterfeit; as, to feign a sickness.
3. To dissemble; to conceal. [Obs.]
v 1: make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he
was ill"; "He shammed a headache" [syn: sham, pretend,
2: make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though
she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep" [syn: simulate,