Definition of


  1. (noun, act) (football) a deceptive move made by a football player
  2. (noun, artifact) something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
  3. (noun, person) a person who makes deceitful pretenses
  4. (verb, communication) speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths
  5. (verb, creation) make a copy of with the intent to deceive
    they counterfeited dollar bills
    She forged a Green Card
  6. (verb, social) tamper, with the purpose of deception
    cook the books
    falsify the data
  7. (adj, all) fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
  8. (adj, all) not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article
    faux pearls
    false teeth
    decorated with imitation palm leaves
    a purse of simulated alligator hide

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Fake

  1. 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. fa… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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