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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawls]
    • /fɔls/
    • /fɔːls/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawls]
    • /fɔls/

Definitions of false word

  • adjective false not true or correct; erroneous: a false statement. 1
  • adjective false uttering or declaring what is untrue: a false witness. 1
  • adjective false not faithful or loyal; treacherous: a false friend. 1
  • adjective false tending to deceive or mislead; deceptive: a false impression. 1
  • adjective false not genuine; counterfeit. 1
  • adjective false based on mistaken, erroneous, or inconsistent impressions, ideas, or facts: false pride. 1

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Origin of false

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English, Old English fals < Latin falsus feigned, false, orig. past participle of fallere to deceive; reinforced by or reborrowed from Anglo-French, Old French fals, feminine false < Latin

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Parts of speech for False


false popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for false

adj false

  • fake — to lay (a rope) in a coil or series of long loops so as to allow to run freely without fouling or kinking (often followed by down).
  • untrue — not true, as to a person or a cause, to fact, or to a standard.
  • distorted — not truly or completely representing the facts or reality; misrepresented; false: She has a distorted view of life.
  • mistaken — wrongly conceived, held, or done: a mistaken antagonism.
  • improper — not proper; not strictly belonging, applicable, correct, etc.; erroneous: He drew improper conclusions from the scant evidence.

noun false

  • phoniness — not real or genuine; fake; counterfeit: a phony diamond.

adjective false

  • counterfeit — Counterfeit money, goods, or documents are not genuine, but have been made to look exactly like genuine ones in order to deceive people.
  • pretend — to cause or attempt to cause (what is not so) to seem so: to pretend illness; to pretend that nothing is wrong.
  • put-on — an act or instance of putting someone on.
  • insincere — not sincere; not honest in the expression of actual feeling; hypocritical.
  • erroneous — Wrong; incorrect.

Antonyms for false

adj false

  • real — true; not merely ostensible, nominal, or apparent: the real reason for an act.
  • truthful — telling the truth, especially habitually: a truthful person.
  • honest — honorable in principles, intentions, and actions; upright and fair: an honest person.
  • moral — of, relating to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical: moral attitudes.
  • valid — sound; just; well-founded: a valid reason.

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