malingerer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n malingerer someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Malingerer In the army, a soldier who feigns himself sick, or who induces or protracts an illness, in order to avoid doing his duty; hence, in general, one who shirks his duty by pretending illness or inability.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n malingerer One who shams illness, especially for the purpose of shirking work or avoiding duty.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. malingre, sickly, weakly, prob. from mal, ill + OF. heingre, haingre, thin, lean, infirm, fr. L. aeger,

Usage

In literature:

Malingerers often endure without flinching the most arduous tests.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Nor could I endure to be a malingerer.
"A Monk of Fife Being the chronicle written by Norman Leslie of Pitcullo, concerning marvellous deeds that befell in the realm of France, in the years of our redemption, MCCCCXXIX-XXXI. Now first done into English out of the French" by Andrew Lang
The fellow's a palpable malingerer, and his being here makes it ever so much worse.
"The Red Acorn" by John McElroy
We have passed through this dressing station some thousands of cases, and we may have had eight or ten malingerers.
"The Sky Pilot in No Man's Land" by Ralph Connor
Anybody who was not a malingerer was voted a fool, an altruist.
"The Siege of Kimberley" by T. Phelan
We have too many of you malingerers in the army!
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola
On the other hand, the malingerer may actually produce injuries on his person either to excite commiseration or to escape from work.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
Yet under the burning appeal of her eyes they flushed as though they had been self-confessed malingerers.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck
But when it came to facing the physical hardships of the North he was a malingerer.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
The order of the day was cooeperation, team-work; in the grand advance she was no straggler, no malingerer.
"On the Stairs" by Henry B. Fuller
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In news:

Santiago, as a malingerer and complainer.
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