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Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /feɪk/, enPR: fāk
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  • Rhymes: -eɪk

Etymology 1

 
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The origin is not known with certainty, although first attested in 1775 CE in British criminals' slang [1]. It is probably from feak, feague (to give a better appearance through artificial means); akin to Dutch veeg (a slap), vegen (to sweep, wipe); German fegen (to sweep, to polish). Compare Old English fācn, fācen (deceit, fraud). Perhaps related to Old Norse fjúka (fade, vanquish, disappear), feikn (strange, scary, unnatural).

Adjective

fake (comparative faker or more fake, superlative fakest or most fake)

  1. Not real; false, fraudulent.
    Which fur coat looks fake?
  2. (of people) Insincere.
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Noun

fake (plural fakes)

  1. Something which is not genuine, or is presented fraudulently.
  2. A trick; a swindle.
  3. (sports) A move meant to deceive an opposing player, used for gaining advantage for example when dribbling an opponent.
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  • (soccer move): feint, (ice hockey move): deke
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Verb

fake (third-person singular simple present fakes, present participle faking, simple past and past participle faked)

  1. To cheat; to swindle; to steal; to rob.
  2. (archaic) To modify fraudulently, so as to make an object appear better or other than it really is
    • 1944, George Henderson, The Farming Ladder
      He had a hundred similar tricks, but I never knew him fake a horse, or sell one as sound if it was not.
  3. To make a counterfeit, to counterfeit, to forge, to falsify.
  4. To make a false display of, to affect, to feign, to simulate.
    to fake a marriage
    to fake happiness
    to fake a smile
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Etymology 2

From Middle English faken, to coil a rope.

Noun

fake (plural fakes)

  1. (nautical) One of the circles or windings of a cable or hawser, as it lies in a coil; a single turn or coil.
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Verb

fake (third-person singular simple present fakes, present participle faking, simple past and past participle faked)

  1. (nautical) To coil (a rope, line, or hawser), by winding alternately in opposite directions, in layers usually of zigzag or figure of eight form, to prevent twisting when running out.
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Noun

fake

  1. knife

Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowed from English fake.

Pronunciation

Noun

fake m (plural fakes)

  1. (Internet slang) a fake account in a social network or other online community; a sock puppet

Adjective

fake (invariable, comparable)

  1. (Internet slang, of an image or video shared on the web) fake, manipulated, not genuine
    Synonym: falso
    Antonyms: genuíno, real, autêntico