There are 2 definitions of feint in English:


Syllabification: feint
Pronunciation: /fānt


1A deceptive or pretended blow, thrust, or other movement, especially in boxing or fencing: a brief feint at the opponent’s face
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  • Both players attempt to control the space by confusing the opponent with feints and deceptive moves.
  • If the attack is commenced when the opponent's blade is not in line, the attack may be completed either direct, or by one disengagement or by a cut-over, or else be preceded by successful feints which oblige the opponent to parry.
  • The self-absorbed men take center stage via a series of furtive crouches, runs, hops, and boxing feints.
1.1A mock attack or movement in warfare, made in order to distract or deceive an enemy.
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  • Account should be taken at the same time of enemy methods of feints and other stratagems.
  • In a more narrow sense, the use of strategy may be seen in demonstrations and feints that surprise the enemy by hitting him where he is unprepared.
  • Fix the enemy in place using skirmishes, artillery, feints, and demonstrations while probing his lines.
bluff, blind, ruse, deception, subterfuge, hoax, trick, ploy, device, dodge, sham, pretense, cover, smokescreen, distraction, contrivance; deke
informal red herring


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1Make a deceptive or distracting movement, typically during a fight: he feinted left, drawing a punch and slipping it
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  • Fencing has developed over the centuries to become Europe's most refined martial art, and when one learns how to feint, lunge, parry and riposte it is possible to take this combative art to Olympic level.
  • I shifted my grip on my weapon and parried as he feinted at me.
  • He taught me how to feint and pull back and right-hand counter-punch.
1.1 [with object] Pretend to throw a (punch or blow) in order to deceive or distract an opponent: Feinting a left, I bobbed to the right
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  • Leo feinted punches at her face, in a playful, yet spiteful way.
  • He feinted a left jab and delivered a right hook.
  • After several moments, he lunged forward, feinting a kick, but cartwheeled back as I lowered my hand to block.


late 17th century: from French feinte, past participle (used as a noun) of feindre 'feign'.

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There are 2 definitions of feint in English:


Syllabification: feint
Pronunciation: /


1Denoting paper printed with faint lines as a guide for handwriting.
1.1Denoting the lines so printed.


mid 19th century: variant of faint.

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