You should have known that copy of the "Declaration of Independence" was a fake when you saw it was signed by "Jon Hancrock" instead of "John Hancock." Something that's fake isn't authentic.

A person who falsely claims to be, feel, or do something can be said to be fake. When your friend acts sweet but spreads rumors about you behind your back, you can call her a fake. As a verb, fake means to take an action with the intent to deceive. If you've ever tried to fake a grade on your report card, you know that it's especially hard to change an F to an A.

Definitions of fake

n something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be

postiche, sham
fake book
a fake in the form of an imitation book; used to fill bookcases of people who wish to appear scholarly
Potemkin village
something that seems impressive but in fact lacks substance
Type of:
something copied or derived from an original

n a person who makes deceitful pretenses

faker, fraud, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, pseudo, role player, sham, shammer
name dropper
someone who pretends that famous people are his/her friends
a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses
Type of:
beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker, trickster
someone who leads you to believe something that is not true

n (football) a deceptive move made by a football player

Type of:
any distracting or deceptive maneuver (as a mock attack)

adj not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article

“it isn't fake anything”
false, faux, imitation, simulated
artificial, unreal
contrived by art rather than nature

adj fraudulent; having a misleading appearance

bastard, bogus, phoney, phony
counterfeit, imitative
not genuine; imitating something superior

v make a copy of with the intent to deceive

“he faked the signature”
counterfeit, forge
Type of:
create anew

v tamper, with the purpose of deception

cook, falsify, fudge, manipulate, misrepresent, wangle
manipulate by or as if by moving around components
Type of:
cheat, chisel
engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud

v speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths

“The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it”
bull, bullshit, talk through one's hat
Type of:
affect, dissemble, feign, pretend, sham
make believe with the intent to deceive

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