fake

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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 fjuka (fade, vanquish, disappear), feikn (strange, scary, unnatural) and Albanian fik (put out, vanquish, disappear)

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

  1. Not real; false, fraudulent.
    Which fur coat looks fake?
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fake (plural fakes)

  1. Something which is not genuine, or is presented fraudulently.
  2. A trick; a swindle.
  3. (soccer) Move meant to deceive an opposing player, used for gaining advantage when dribbling an opponent.
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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. To make; to construct; to do. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. To modify fraudulently, so as to make an object appear better or other than it really is; as, to fake a bulldog, by burning his upper lip and thus artificially shortening it.
  4. To make a counterfeit, to counterfeit, to forge, to falsify.
  5. To make a false display of, to affect, to feign, to simulate.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English faken, to coil a rope.

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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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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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