What does malinger mean? You’re about to find out!
Quick Vocab Quiz for the word malinger
First, before you read the explanation, definition, and discussion of the word malinger, try this quick vocab quiz:
malinger most nearly means
(A) throw out of a window (B) feel sadness about the past (C) kill every tenth soldier (D) fake illness to avoid work (E) throw a frog into the air with a stick
Part of Speech: VERB
Pronunciations: IPA: /mə.ˈlɪŋ.gər/ Glossary-style: [muh-LEENG-guhr]
Definition: avoid responsibilities and duties, especially by pretending to be sick.
Give it to me straight: I love this word; it’s one of those oddly-specific words that enrich a language. And it’s pretty easy to lear, to boot. If you malinger, you pretend to be sick or otherwise incapacitated in order to avoid work. Calling in sick to work is a common example, but pretty much any instance of faking some illness or malaise to get out of working or doing something can be called an act of malingering.
Example: People who are inherently lazy and at least a bit unethical may find it tempting to malinger to get out of performing onerous, menial, tedious, or laborious tasks that they wish to avoid.