Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A feigned attack designed to draw defensive action away from an intended target.
  • n. A deceptive action calculated to divert attention from one's real purpose. See Synonyms at wile.
  • intransitive v. To make a feint.
  • transitive v. To deceive with a feint.
  • transitive v. To make a deceptive show of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make a feint, or mock attack.
  • adj. Feigned; counterfeit.
  • adj. (of an attack) directed toward a different part from the intended strike
  • n. A movement made to confuse the opponent, a dummy
  • n. That which is feigned; an assumed or false appearance; a pretense; a stratagem; a fetch.
  • n. An offensive movement resembling an attack in all but its continuance
  • n. The narrowest rule used in the production of lined writing paper (C19: Variant of FAINT)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Feigned; counterfeit.
  • n. That which is feigned; an assumed or false appearance; a pretense; a stratagem; a fetch.
  • n. A mock blow or attack on one part when another part is intended to be struck; -- said of certain movements in fencing, boxing, war, etc.
  • intransitive v. To make a feint, or mock attack.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Counterfeit; seeming; feigned: same as faint, 1.
  • Same as faint, 2.
  • To make a feint; make a pretended blow, thrust, or attack at one point when another is intended to be struck, in order to throw an antagonist off his guard.
  • n. An assumed or false appearance, or simulation; a pretense of doing something not really done.
  • n. A movement made with the object of deceiving an adversary or throwing him off his guard; an appearance of aiming at one part or point when another is the real object of attack, as in boxing, fencing, battle, or a contest of any kind; a mock attack.
  • n. plural See faint, n., 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any distracting or deceptive maneuver (as a mock attack)
  • v. deceive by a mock action

Etymologies

French feinte, from Old French, from past participle of feindre, to feign; see feign.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French feintĀ ("pretended"), from Old French feindre ("to feign") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Anyway, this is probably the closest to "classical" rag style that I've ever gotten, the D strain feint towards the Neapolitan notwithstanding.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • Turns out, "Choral" is a record label feint, a sonorous if deceptive introduction to the New York duo that was never intended to represent their oeuvre.

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  • But there one name that make the left-wing go crazy and feint, which is a good signal:

    Pajamas Media

  • Have the dumb Democrats, who think that just because the United States established war policies at the Nuremburg Trials, they must follow them; ever heard of the boxing technique called a feint punch or the legendary chess move called the "ghost knight gambit"?

    The Smirking Chimp - News And Commentary from the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

  • Of course, I answered him that I would make the "feint," regardless of public clamor at a distance, and I did make it most effectually; using all the old boats I could get about Milliken's Bend and the mouth of the Yazoo, but taking only ten small regiments, selected out of Blair's division, to make a show of force.

    Memoirs of the Union's Three Great Civil War Generals

  • Bethlehem saw a "feint" on the part of St. Paul in the disputed passage:

    Saint Augustin

  • This "feint," however, was only made in order to divert our attention, while Buller was concentrating his troops and guns on Spion Kop.

    My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War

  • General Warren, who, I believe, was in command here, had ordered another "feint" attack from the extreme right wing.

    My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War

  • As he sat silent, only now and then by some slight sign, some new knitting of the brow or closing of the hand, showing the tension of the feeling produced by the version his mind had made of the story half told to him -- as he sat thus, under a kind of feint of listening to the music, the world grew stranger and stranger to his companion.

    Somehow Good

  • Meanwhile, as if the passion of frittering away resources were irresistible, a smaller force was despatched, as a kind of feint, against the kingdom of Naples.

    The Political History of England - Vol XI From Addington's Administration to the close of William IV.'s Reign (1801-1837)

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  • The feints of a skilled fencer. -Websters Dictionary pg.29

    September 24, 2010