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Etymology 1

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The origin is not known with certainty, although first attested in 1775 CE in British criminals' slang[1]. It is probably from feague, "to give a better appearance through artificial means"; from the German fegen, "to sweep", "to polish".

Adjective

fake (comparative fake, superlative r)

Positive
fake

Comparative
fake

Superlative
r

  1. Not real; false, fraudulent.
    Which fur coat looks faker?

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Noun

Singular
fake

Plural
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fake ({{{1}}})
  1. A trick; a swindle.
  2. Something which is not genuine, or is presented fraudulently.

Verb

Infinitive
to fake

Third person singular
fak

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to fake (third-person singular simple present fak, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To cheat; to swindle; to steal; to rob.
  2. To make; to construct; to do.
  3. To manipulate 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.

Etymology 2

From Middle English faken, to coil a rope.

Noun

Singular
fake

Plural
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fake ({{{1}}})
  1. (nautical) One of the circles or windings of a cable or hawser, as it lies in a coil; a single turn or coil.
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Verb

Infinitive
to fake

Third person singular
fak

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to fake (third-person singular simple present fak, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (nautical) 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.
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