feint

noun
\ ˈfānt How to pronounce feint (audio) \

Definition of feint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

feint

verb
feinted; feinting; feints

Definition of feint (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a feint

transitive verb

1 : to lure or deceive with a feint
2 : to make a pretense of

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Noun

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

Examples of feint in a Sentence

Noun The boxer made a feint with his right, then followed with a left hook. Verb He feinted with his right, then followed with a left hook.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But that four-on-the-floor beginning is a feint of sorts, a trick to command your attention. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, "Bomba Estéreo Are Kinetic and Funky on ‘Se Acabó’," 27 Apr. 2021 This, too, was a feint straight out the Fourth Turning playbook. Adele M. Stan, The New Republic, "Insurrectionist in Chief," 10 Mar. 2021 The commission established by the White House may in fact be a classic bureaucratic feint to sidestep liberal demands to expand the Court. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "As Amazon and the White House face off, it's Jeff Bezos one, Joe Biden nil," 12 Apr. 2021 That’s because Lovers Rock (named after a genre of reggae) is another McQueen art-feint. Armond White, National Review, "The Sneaky Exoticism of Lovers Rock," 18 Sep. 2020 His second goal came after a dribble of 70 yards through five English players and a final feint past Shilton to power the ball into an empty net. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Diego Maradona, One of Soccer’s Greatest Players, Is Dead at 60," 25 Nov. 2020 His latest feint at draining the swamp could put a target on Dr. Anthony Fauci's back. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Scorched-Earth War Against Federal Employees," 22 Oct. 2020 The lack of a word-count facility, of the feint of a change of font. Vona Groarke, The New York Review of Books, "A Poetry Manual," 22 Sep. 2020 Others saw her feint in the direction of patriotism as a cover for what was in fact a hostile attack on America’s founders and our constitutional system. Stanley Kurtz, National Review, "Against the 1619 Curriculum," 17 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unlike Nolan, who wrestled with political questions in his Batman films—successfully or not—Snyder’s movies feint toward depth. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Snyder Cut Is a Better Version of Justice League. But It Sets a Dangerous Precedent," 15 Mar. 2021 But instead of just directly attacking the tackle’s near shoulder off the snap, Crawford disguises his intention by feinting a speed rush. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 underrated players on the Cowboys’ 2020 roster, including the glue that holds the D-line together," 3 June 2020 Sandworm spent years obfuscating and feinting and leaving false flags to suggest that others were behind its handiwork. Dina Temple-raston, Washington Post, "The ruthless Russian hacking unit that tried to crash Ukraine," 26 Dec. 2019 Also feinting were designers like Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci and Area’s Piotrek Panszczyk and Beckett Fogg, who used beading to create the effect of a dress layered upon a real one. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Ghosting—The Fall Fashion Edition," 1 Apr. 2019 That does lead us down an interesting path, though: If the story and the stars are a lot of what makes great rom-coms work, and Hollywood is feinting toward more inclusive casting and storytelling, how will rom-coms evolve going forward? Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Why romantic comedies matter," 29 Aug. 2018 The Belgium midfielder feinted one way and then the other, Danny Rose got himself tied up in knots, and Januzaj bent a finish into the top corner. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Belgium Beats England in World Cup’s No-Win Game," 28 June 2018 These threads, along with a drama school rivalry involving Diana Cowper’s future movie star son, provide more than enough material for Horowitz to feint this way and that before revealing the killer and, just as important, the killer’s motivations. Erik Spanberg, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Word Is Murder' is Anthony Horowitz at his ambitious best," 15 June 2018 Allen feinted left, drove right, spun back to the left – hounded the entire way by Newman – and then jumped back and fired. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Malik Newman's metamorphosis has transformed Kansas, and has Jayhawks in Final Four," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of feint

Noun

1644, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1741, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for feint

Noun

borrowed from French feinte, going back to Middle French fainte, feinte "act of dissembling, subterfuge," noun derivative from feminine past participle of feindre "to fabricate, dissemble, feign"

Verb

derivative of feint entry 1

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“Feint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feint. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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feint

noun

English Language Learners Definition of feint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

feint

verb

English Language Learners Definition of feint (Entry 2 of 2)

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

feint

noun
\ ˈfānt How to pronounce feint (audio) \

Kids Definition of feint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

feint

verb
feinted; feinting

Kids Definition of feint (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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