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

Definition of malinger in English:


[no object]
Exaggerate or feign illness in order to escape duty or work.
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.
pretend to be ill, feign (an) illness, fake (an) illness;
informal goof off


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

Words that rhyme with malinger

churinga, finger, linger
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