pretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury):she feigned nervousness
archaic invent (a story or excuse).
[no object] archaic indulge in pretense.
Middle English: from Old French feign-, stem of feindre, from Latin fingere 'mold, contrive'. Senses in Middle English (taken from Latin) included 'make something,' 'invent a story, excuse, or allegation,' hence 'make a pretense of a feeling or response' Compare with fiction and figment
Spell feign with fei- at the beginning; the ending is -gn.