pretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury):she feigned nervousness
Middle English: from Old French feign-, stem of feindre, from Latin fingere 'mould, contrive'. Senses in Middle English (taken from Latin) included 'make something', 'invent a story, excuse, or allegation', hence 'make a pretence of a feeling or response'. Compare with fiction and figment
Spell feign with fei- at the beginning; the ending is -gn.