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feint

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noun \ˈfānt\

Simple Definition of feint

  • sports : a quick movement that you make to trick an opponent

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of feint

  1. :  something feigned; specifically :  a mock blow or attack on or toward one part in order to distract attention from the point one really intends to attack

Examples of feint in a sentence

  1. The boxer made a feint with his right, then followed with a left hook.



Origin and Etymology of feint

French feinte, from Old French, from feint, past participle of feindre


First Known Use: 1644

Synonym Discussion of feint

trick, ruse, stratagem, maneuver, artifice, wile, feint mean an indirect means to gain an end. trick may imply deception, roguishness, illusion, and either an evil or harmless end <the tricks of the trade>. ruse stresses an attempt to mislead by a false impression <the ruses of smugglers>. stratagem implies a ruse used to entrap, outwit, circumvent, or surprise an opponent or enemy <the stratagem-filled game>. maneuver suggests adroit and skillful avoidance of difficulty <last-minute maneuvers to avert bankruptcy>. artifice implies ingenious contrivance or invention <the clever artifices of the stage>. wile suggests an attempt to entrap or deceive with false allurements <used all of his wiles to ingratiate himself>. feint implies a diversion or distraction of attention away from one's real intent <a feint toward the enemy's left flank>.

Other Combat Sports Terms


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feint

verb

Simple Definition of feint

  • sports : to pretend to make an attack as a trick to fool your opponent : to make a feint

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of feint

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make a feint

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to lure or deceive with a feint

  5. 2 :  to make a pretense of

Examples of feint in a sentence

  1. He feinted with his right, then followed with a left hook.



1741

First Known Use of feint

1741

Other Combat Sports Terms


FEINT Defined for Kids

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feint

play
noun \ˈfānt\

Definition of feint for Students

  1. :  a pretended blow or attack at one point or in one direction to take attention away from the point or direction the attack or blow is really coming from




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feint

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verb

Definition of feint for Students

feinted

feinting

  1. :  to make a feint <The boxer feinted right, then struck with his left.>




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