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

  • adj. Having a false or misleading appearance; fraudulent.
  • n. One that is not authentic or genuine; a sham.
  • n. Sports A brief feint or aborted change of direction intended to mislead one's opponent or the opposing team.
  • transitive v. To contrive and present as genuine; counterfeit.
  • transitive v. To simulate; feign.
  • transitive v. Music To improvise (a passage).
  • transitive v. Sports To deceive (an opponent) with a fake. Often used with out.
  • intransitive v. To engage in feigning, simulation, or other deceptive activity.
  • intransitive v. Sports To perform a fake.
  • n. One loop or winding of a coiled rope or cable.
  • transitive v. To coil (a rope or cable).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not real; false, fraudulent.
  • n. Something which is not genuine, or is presented fraudulently.
  • n. A trick; a swindle.
  • n. Move meant to deceive an opposing player, used for gaining advantage when dribbling an opponent.
  • v. To cheat; to swindle; to steal; to rob.
  • v. To make; to construct; to do. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  • v. 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.
  • v. To make a counterfeit, to counterfeit, to forge, to falsify.
  • v. To make a false display of, to affect, to feign, to simulate.
  • n. One of the circles or windings of a cable or hawser, as it lies in a coil; a single turn or coil.
  • v. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the circles or windings of a cable or hawser, as it lies in a coil; a single turn or coil.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To cheat; to swindle; to steal; to rob.
  • transitive v. To make; to construct; to do.
  • transitive v. To manipulate fraudulently, so as to make an object appear better or other than it really is.
  • n. A trick; a swindle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fold; tuck up.
  • Specifically Nautical, to coil in fakes, as a cable or a shot-line in a faking-box. See faking-box.
  • n. A fold or ply of anything, as a garment.
  • n. Specifically Nautical, one of the circles or windings of a cable or hawser as it lies in a coil; a single turn or coil, as one of the oblong loops into which a shot-line is wound in being placed in a faking-box.
  • n. A plaid. Also in diminutive form fakie, faikie. Jamieson.
  • n. plural A miners' term in Scotland and the north of England for fissile sandy shales, or shaly sandstones, as distinct from the dark bituminous shales known as blaes.
  • To make or do.
  • To cheat or deceive.
  • To steal or filch; pick, as a pocket.
  • To conceal the defects of by artificial means, usually with intent to deceive: as, to fake a dog or a fowl by coloring the hair or feathers.
  • n. A swindle; a trick.
  • n. A swindler; a trickster.
  • n. Same as faker, 3.
  • n. Theat., any unused or worn-out and worthless piece of property; hence, any odd bit of merchandise sold by street-venders.
  • n. A soft-soldering fluid used by jewelers.
  • To grasp.
  • To give heed to.
  • To believe; credit.

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

  • adj. not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article
  • adj. fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
  • n. something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
  • n. a person who makes deceitful pretenses
  • v. make a copy of with the intent to deceive
  • v. speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths
  • n. (football) a deceptive move made by a football player
  • v. tamper, with the purpose of deception

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
Middle English faken, to coil a rope.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English faken, to coil a rope. (Wiktionary)

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