- Exaggerate or feign illness in order to escape duty or work.More example sentences
pretend to be ill, feign (an) illness, fake (an) illness; shirk• informal goof off
- 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.
early 19th century: back-formation from malingerer, apparently from French malingre, perhaps formed as mal- 'wrongly, improperly' + haingre 'weak', probably of Germanic origin.