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FEINGIE, v. Also feingyie, fenyie, †feinzie, †fenzie(-y), and curtailed form feng. Sc. forms of Eng. feign, to pretend (Mry.1 1925; Bnff., Abd.9 1946), to invent fictitiously, to fabricate. Ppl.adj. fenged, feigned, making a pretence, hypocritical (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.). [′feŋ(j)i] Abd. c.1750  R. Forbes Ulysses' Answer in Sc. Poems (1785) 22:
Bat byde you yet; the King himsell Did fenzie Jove's command.
Edb. 1772  R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 21:
Spae-wives fenzying to be dumb.
Hdg. 1790  J. Mylne Poems 33:
Affected foplings feinzie shame Of ilka thing benorth the Tweed.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xii.:
A bonny story to say that the peer innocent was feingyin' fan he tyeuk a drow.
Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 99:
I seurly t'ink, th'ure fairly gite, Co' Kit, i' fenyied swither.
Bnff. 1924  Swatches o' Hamespun 42:
An' he fengs a dwaam fan a sang is sung.
Abd. 1928 15 :
We begood to see he wis tryin tae feingie to haud him ongeen's til's skweel.

[O.Sc. fenȝe, id., from 1375, O.Fr. feindre, feign-, Lat. fingere, idem.]

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