Definition of malinger in English:

malinger

Syllabification: ma·lin·ger
Pronunciation: /məˈliNGɡər
 
/

verb

[no object]
Exaggerate or feign illness in order to escape duty or work.
More example sentences
  • Earlier this year a poll found that 40% of small businesses thought employees were malingering when they took sick leave.
  • There's a fine line between what's classed as malingering and what is accepted as genuine illness.
  • Another woman, with early symptoms of Bubonic plague, was told she was malingering.
Synonyms
pretend to be ill, feign (an) illness, fake (an) illness;
shirk
informal goof off

Origin

early 19th century: back-formation from malingerer, apparently from French malingre, perhaps formed as mal- 'wrongly, improperly' + haingre 'weak', probably of Germanic origin.

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