Definition of malinger verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

malinger

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//məˈlɪŋɡə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlɪŋɡər//
 
(also be malingering)[intransitive](disapproving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they malinger
BrE BrE//məˈlɪŋɡə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlɪŋɡər//
 
he / she / it malingers
BrE BrE//məˈlɪŋɡəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlɪŋɡərz//
 
past simple malingered
BrE BrE//məˈlɪŋɡəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlɪŋɡərd//
 
past participle malingered
BrE BrE//məˈlɪŋɡəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlɪŋɡərd//
 
-ing form malingering
BrE BrE//məˈlɪŋɡərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlɪŋɡərɪŋ//
 
 
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to pretend to be ill/sick, especially in order to avoid work Word Origin early 19th cent.: back-formation from malingerer, apparently from French malingre, perhaps formed as mal- ‘wrongly’ + haingre ‘weak’, probably of Germanic origin.
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