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verb ma·lin·ger \mə-ˈliŋ-gər\

: to pretend to be sick or injured in order to avoid doing work

ma·lin·geredma·lin·ger·ing \-g(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of MALINGER

intransitive verb
:  to pretend or exaggerate incapacity or illness (as to avoid duty or work)
ma·lin·ger·er \-gər-ər\ noun

Examples of MALINGER

  1. His boss suspected him of malingering because of his frequent absences from work.

Origin of MALINGER

French malingre sickly
First Known Use: 1820

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Rhymes with MALINGER

Medical Dictionary


intransitive verb ma·lin·ger \mə-ˈliŋ-gər\
ma·lin·geredma·lin·ger·ing \-g(ə-)riŋ\

Medical Definition of MALINGER

:  to pretend or exaggerate incapacity or illness so as to avoid duty or work


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