• WordNet 3.6
    • adj fake fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
    • adj fake not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article; it's real synthetic fur" "it isn't fake anything","faux pearls","false teeth","decorated with imitation palm leaves","a purse of simulated alligator hide"
    • v fake speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths "The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it"
    • v fake make a copy of with the intent to deceive "he faked the signature","they counterfeited dollar bills","She forged a Green Card"
    • v fake tamper, with the purpose of deception "Fudge the figures","cook the books","falsify the data"
    • n fake (football) a deceptive move made by a football player
    • n fake something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
    • n fake a person who makes deceitful pretenses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Alabama, it is against the law to wear a fake mustache that could cause laughter in the church
    • n Fake A trick; a swindle.
    • n Fake (Naut) One of the circles or windings of a cable or hawser, as it lies in a coil; a single turn or coil.
    • Fake To cheat; to swindle; to steal; to rob.
    • v. t Fake (Naut) 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.
    • Fake To make; to construct; to do.
    • Fake 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: While performing her duties as queen, Cleopatra sometimes wore a fake beard.
    • fake To fold; tuck up.
    • fake Specifically Nautical, to coil in fakes, as a cable or a shot-line in a faking-box. See faking-box.
    • n fake A fold or ply of anything, as a garment.
    • n fake Specifically Nautical, one of the circles or windings of a cable or hawser as it lies in a coil; a single turn or coil, as one of the oblong loops into which a shot-line is wound in being placed in a faking-box.
    • n fake A plaid. Also in diminutive form fakie, faikie. Jamieson.
    • n fake plural A miners' term in Scotland and the north of England for fissile sandy shales, or shaly sandstones, as distinct from the dark bituminous shales known as blaes.
    • fake To make or do.
    • fake To cheat or deceive.
    • fake To steal or filch; pick, as a pocket.
    • fake To conceal the defects of by artificial means, usually with intent to deceive: as, to fake a dog or a fowl by coloring the hair or feathers.
    • n fake A swindle; a trick.
    • n fake A swindler; a trickster.
    • n fake Same as faker, 3.
    • n fake Theat., any unused or worn-out and worthless piece of property; hence, any odd bit of merchandise sold by street-venders.
    • n fake A soft-soldering fluid used by jewelers.
    • fake To grasp.
    • fake To give heed to.
    • fake To believe; credit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sheryl Crow's two front teeth are fake.
    • v.t Fake fāk to fold, coil
    • n Fake a coil of rope, &c
    • v.t Fake fāk to steal: to make up an article so as to hide its defects
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  • Skeet Ulrich
    Skeet Ulrich
    “I'm disappointed in acting as a craft. I want everything to go back to Orson Welles and fake noses and changing your voice. It's become so much about personality.”
  • William S. Burroughs
    “So cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.”
  • Lenny Bruce
    “The only honest art form is laughter, comedy. You can't fake it... try to fake three laughs in an hour -- ha ha ha ha ha -- they'll take you away, man. You can't.”
  • George Burns
    “You've got to be honest; if you can fake that, you've got it made.”
  • Cray Seymore
    Cray Seymore
    “Memory is like an orgasm. It's a lot better if you don't have to fake it.”
  • Daniel Schorr
    Daniel Schorr
    “Sincerity: if you can fake it, you've got it made.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Scot. faik, fold, stratum of stone, AS. fæc, space, interval, G. fach, compartment, partition, row, and E. fay, to fit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prof. Skeat thinks it merely the Mid. Dut. facken, to catch; Mr Bradley suggests the earlier feak, feague, Ger. fegen, to furbish up.


In literature:

He had been called a "hypocrite and fake" in the public press, and had been prosecuted for disturbance of the peace.
"The Spirit of Sweetwater" by Hamlin Garland
That's only good for one day, 'cause you can't fake it much longer.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
He's a fake, I tell you.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
He'll know, and if it's a fake you'll be breathing space in five minutes.
"Triplanetary" by Edward Elmer Smith
I thought for sure the code message was a fake.
"The Colors of Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
We can send code to Tellus easily enough on our ultrawave, and we may be able to fake up something on vision.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
They often read them in different ways, here as fakes, there as authentic.
"The Clyde Mystery a Study in Forgeries and Folklore" by Andrew Lang
The packers' much heralded Stefansson stunt of living a year on an exclusive meat diet was a discreditable fake.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
They claimed they weren't ready; but I chance to know that was all a fake.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
If you dream you can slip any of your fake stock onto him, you're due to wake up.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford

In poetry:

"We're both one man. It's all a fake!
You're me, and I am you;
Though politicians try to make
Us think that we are two.
"Another Fusion" by C J Dennis
In fake Hermetic uniforms
Behind our battle-line, in swarms
That keep alighting,
His existentialists declare
That they are in complete despair,
Yet go on writing.
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden
The hat I was married in,
will it do?
White, broad, fake flowers in a tiny array.
It's old-fashioned, as stylish as a bedbug,
but is suits to die in something nostalgic.
"Clothes" by Anne Sexton
My son! . . . Them words, jist like a blessed song,
Is singin' in me 'eart the 'ole day long;
Over an' over; while I'm scared I'll wake
Out of a dream, to find it all a fake.
"The Kid " by C J Dennis
We got a likely-looking bit of quartz and faked it up
With dabs of golden paint; then called him in.
Oh, he went clean off his head; it was gold for sure, he said.
And if we'd sell our claim he'd raise the tin.
"Hopeful Hawkins" by C J Dennis
It's cur'ous wot a show-down the month of April makes,
Between the reely livin', an' the things 'at's only fakes!
Machines an' barns an' buildin's, they never give no sign;
But the livin' things look lively w'en Spring is on the line.
"How Spring Comes To Shasta Jim" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

Fake IDs part of ' fantasy life ,' Florida man tells police.
Whoopi Goldberg owns up to faking fart sound.
Apparently bowing to pressure from fake tyrants across the globe, the Academy has lifted its Oscar ban on Supreme Leader Shabazz Aladeen of the Republic of Wadiya.
Fellini shaved the rebel Sutherland's eyebrows entirely and replaced them with fake ones, because he thought they looked misplaced after Fellini had shaved three inches off Sutherland's hairline.
Social networking pages featuring the profile of a fake Navy cyber threat analyst attracted some 300 friends in the intelligence, military and security.
Our job as journalists is to do everything we can to ferret out the fact from the fake.
A thriving industry is buying and selling rapturous reviews on the Web, and academics and businesses are looking for ways to ferret out the fakes.
The US Department of Justice is defending computer hacking laws that make it a crime to use a fake name on Facebook or lie about your weight in an online dating profile.
Clever Boozing, Gary Busey's Face, Fake Mustaches.
A woman used fake $50 bills to purchase items at three Palm Beach businesses Wednesday.
Fake grenade causes evacuations at 2 World Financial Center .
0 Activists place a fake shark fin in the Trevi fountain during a demonstration in Rome last week against the practice of finning .
Actors conduct a New Orleans style funeral for a giant fake fire ant at the seventh annual Fire Ant Festival March 23, 2002 in Ashburn, GA.
Liam Lynch my united states of whatever fake songs.
Bikini Babes Flaunt Their Fake Boobs.

In science:

We close the section with a few observations about the fake collars appearing in the corollary.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
This photon yield can generate events with multiplicity>1 that could fake Cherenkov patterns.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
Therefore fake rings have a larger probability to occur with NaF than with AGL.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
Such an occurrence clearly fakes a genuine double event.
Can a simple instrument measure polarization in gamma-ray bursts?
The resulting charge spectrum of fake TR clusters is shown in the lower panel of Fig. 2.
Transition Radiation Spectroscopy with Prototypes of the ALICE TRD