Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A military attack or maneuver that is meant to divert attention away from a planned point of attack.
  • noun A body movement that is intended to divert another's attention, often by being deliberately left uncompleted.
  • noun A deceptive action calculated to divert attention from one's real purpose. synonym: wile.
  • intransitive verb To make a feint.
  • intransitive verb To deceive with a feint.
  • intransitive verb To do or perform as a feint.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun An assumed or false appearance, or simulation; a pretense of doing something not really done.
  • noun 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.
  • noun plural See faint, n., 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Feigned; counterfeit.
  • intransitive verb To make a feint, or mock attack.
  • noun That which is feigned; an assumed or false appearance; a pretense; a stratagem; a fetch.
  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun any distracting or deceptive maneuver (as a mock attack)
  • verb deceive by a mock action

Etymologies

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

[French feinte, from Old French, from past participle of feindre, to feign; see feign.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

French feint ("pretended"), from Old French feindre ("to feign")

Examples

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

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

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  • 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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  • 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"?

    "War Crimes" Memos Questioned

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

    Pajamas Media

  • 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"?

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  • 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

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

    September 24, 2010