2 not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article; "it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur"; "faux pearls"; "false teeth"; "decorated with imitation palm leaves"; "a purse of simulated alligator hide" [syn: false, faux, imitation, simulated]
2 a person who makes deceitful pretenses [syn: imposter, impostor, pretender, faker, fraud, sham, shammer, pseudo, pseud, role player]
3 (football) a deceptive move made by a football player [syn: juke]
1 make a copy of with the intent to deceive; "he faked the signature"; "they counterfeited dollar bills"; "She forged a Green Card" [syn: forge, counterfeit]
2 fake or falsify; "Fudge the figures"; "cook the books"; "falsify the data" [syn: fudge, manipulate, falsify, cook, wangle, misrepresent]
3 talk through one's hat; "The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it" [syn: bullshit, bull]
- Rhymes: -eɪk
Etymology 1The origin is not known with certainty, although first attested in 1775 CE in British criminals' slanghttp://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=fake&searchmode=none. It is probably from feague, "to give a better appearance through artificial means"; from the German fegen, "to sweep", "to polish".
- To cheat; to swindle; to steal; to rob.
- To make; to construct; to do.
- To manipulate fraudulently, so as to make an object appear better or other than it really is; as, to fake a bulldog, by burning his upper lip and thus artificially shortening it.
Etymology 2From Middle English faken, to coil a rope.
- Italian: duglia
- To coil (a rope, line, or hawser), by winding alternately in opposite directions, in layers usually of zigzag or figure of eight form, to prevent twisting when running out.
- Italian: dugliare
Fake means not real. For example, a document or other object created to look like a real object that exists or could exist, or a performance where an event is played, or untrue statements. Or a person who tries to be someone they're not by dressing and acting differently from their true selves.
- fun, art, use as a toy
- an insult used to describe a person who lies, pretends to be something they are not, does not have an opinion of their own or pretends to like things he or she does not
- the same purpose (partly or fully) as the real thing
Reasons for using a fake object instead of the real thing include:
- the real thing does not exist, including:
- a document trying to prove something which is not true
- a fantasy object
- a fake version of an object may be:
- decoys of a military target either require the extra effort to distinguish them from the real thing or make destruction less efficient by the need to destruct the decoys too; decoys are less expensive than the real thing; especially for missiles it is also important that they are less heavy; also they may be inflatable and therefore before deployment have a small volume; in the case of arms limitation agreements an advantage is also that they typically are not limited.
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