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EtymologyEdit

From French malingrer, from adjective malingre (delicate, fragile).

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malinger (third-person singular simple present malingers, present participle malingering, simple past and past participle malingered)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To feign illness, injury, or incapacitation in order to avoid work, obligation, or perilous risk.
    Hypernyms: goldbrick (dated), shirk
    It is not uncommon on exam days for several students to malinger rather than prepare themselves.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To self-inflict real injury or infection (to inflict self-harm) in order to avoid work, obligation, or perilous risk.

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  • factitious disorder, differentiated from malingering by a component of real mental illness as opposed to solely a sane calculation of shirking

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malinger m or f

  1. indefinite plural of maling