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fake 1

Having a false or misleading appearance; fraudulent.
1. One that is not authentic or genuine; a sham.
2. Sports A brief feint or aborted change of direction intended to mislead one's opponent or the opposing team.
v. faked, fak·ing, fakes
1. To contrive and present as genuine; counterfeit: fake a signature.
2. To simulate; feign: faked his death so his wife would collect insurance money.
3. Music To improvise (a passage).
4. Sports To deceive (an opponent) with a fake. Often used with out.
1. To engage in feigning, simulation, or other deceptive activity.
2. Sports To perform a fake.

[From earlier slang, to do, rob, tamper with, from earlier feak, to beat and feague, to beat, set moving, cause (a horse) to hold its tail high by artificial means, fake (as in feager, one using false documents), perhaps from German fegen, to sweep, move briskly, torment, or Dutch vegen, to sweep.]

fak′er n.
fak′er·y (fā′kə-rē) n.

fake 2

One loop or winding of a coiled rope or cable.
tr.v. faked, fak·ing, fakes
To coil (a rope or cable).

[Middle English faken, to coil a rope.]


informal not genuine; spurious
References in classic literature ?
Didn't you see it all when you found out the faked ropes?
By Jove, I must have faked her better than I thought
It's the copy I faked back and front, so that, on your own showing, it imposed upon Craggs, and might have made him happy for life.
For it was this same boy that faked the chart from Billy Bones.
Why does Miss Howard suppress the letter written on the 17th, and produce this faked one instead?