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I just used this word today in a work related paper I am writing. My information is that it comes from France (but I smell a previous Latin incarnation) and arrived on the shores of English speakers about 1820. Anybody?
William A. Hupy
Nope, no Latin.
etymonline wrote:1785 (implied in malingerer), from Fr. malingrer "to suffer," perhaps also "pretend to be ill," from malingre "ailing, sickly," possibly a blend of mingre "sickly, miserable" and malade "ill." Mingre is itself a blend of maigre "meager" + haingre "sick, haggard," possibly from Gmc. (cf. M.H.G. hager "thin"). The sense evolution may be through notion of beggars with sham sores.
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