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fake Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
    postiche; sham.
  2. noun a person who makes deceitful pretenses
    fraud; shammer; imposter; impostor; pseudo; faker; pseud; role player; pretender; sham.
  3. noun (football) a deceptive move made by a football player
  4. verb make a copy of with the intent to deceive
    forge; counterfeit.
    • he faked the signature
    • they counterfeited dollar bills
    • She forged a Green Card
  5. verb tamper, with the purpose of deception
    wangle; cook; misrepresent; fudge; falsify; manipulate.
    • Fudge the figures
    • cook the books
    • falsify the data
  6. verb speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths
    bull; bullshit; talk through one's hat.
    • The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it
  7. adjective satellite fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
    bastard; phoney; bogus; phony.
  8. adjective satellite not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article; it's real synthetic fur"
    faux; simulated; false; imitation.
    • it isn't fake anything
    • faux pearls
    • false teeth
    • decorated with imitation palm leaves
    • a purse of simulated alligator hide

Fake noun
Cf. Scot. faik fold, stratum of stone, AS. fæc space, interval, G. fach compartment, partition, row, and E. fay to fit.
  1. (Naut.) One of the circles or windings of a cable or hawser, as it lies in a coil; a single turn or coil.
Fake transitive verb
  1. (Naut.) 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.
Fake transitive verb
Cf. Gael. faigh to get, acquire, reach, or OD. facken to catch or gripe.
Slang in all its senses.
  1. To cheat; to swindle; to steal; to rob.
  2. To make; to construct; to do.
  3. To manipulate 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.
Fake noun
  1. A trick; a swindle. Slang

Webster 1913