Word of the Day: Malinger

Today’s word of the day is “malinger”. Malinger is a verb. It means to exaggerate or feign illness in order to escape duty or work. Its formal medical definition states that it is the act of intentionally feigning or exaggerating physical or psychological symptoms for personal gain. Maybe if you pay close attention, you can tell whether they are sick or if it’s just taradiddle.

Related: Word of the Day: Taradiddle

Use it in a sentence!


She always malingers her way out of work.



But where did it come from?


The word malinger originated in the early 19th century. It has roots in the French word malinger. That word is thought to have been formed from: mal (wrongly) and a German word: haingre (weak).


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