Fake vs Colourable - What's the difference?

fake | colourable |


As adjectives the difference between fake and colourable

is that fake is not real; false, fraudulent while colourable is (obsolete) colourful.

As a noun fake

is something which is not genuine, or is presented fraudulently or fake can be (nautical) one of the circles or windings of a cable or hawser, as it lies in a coil; a single turn or coil.

As a verb fake

is to cheat; to swindle; to steal; to rob or fake can be (nautical) 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

English

Etymology 1

(wikipedia fake) The origin is not known with certainty, although first attested in 1775

Adjective

(en-adj)
  • Not real; false, fraudulent.
  • Which fur coat looks fake ?
    Synonyms
    * See also
    Antonyms
    * genuine

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Something which is not genuine, or is presented fraudulently.
  • A trick; a swindle.
  • (soccer) Move meant to deceive an opposing player, used for gaining advantage when dribbling an opponent.
  • Synonyms
    * (soccer move) feint, (ice hokey move) deke

    Verb

    (fak)
  • To cheat; to swindle; to steal; to rob.
  • To make; to construct; to do. (rfexample)
  • To modify 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.
  • To make a counterfeit, to counterfeit, to forge, to falsify.
  • To make a false display of, to affect, to feign, to simulate.
  • Synonyms
    * (To modify fraudulently) adulterate * (To make a false display) pass off, pose
    Derived terms
    * fake out * faker

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), to coil a rope .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (nautical) One of the circles or windings of a cable or hawser, as it lies in a coil; a single turn or coil.
  • Verb

    (fak)
  • (nautical) 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.
  • colourable

    English

    Alternative forms

    * colorable (American spelling)

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (obsolete) Colourful.
  • Apparently true; specious; potentially justifiable.
  • *, II.8:
  • *:Doth the master make any bargaine, or dispatch that pleaseth not? it is immediately smothered and suppressed, soone after forging causes, and devising colourable excuses, to excuse the want of execution or answer.
  • *1612 , , Proceedings of the English Colonie in Virginia'', Chapel Hill 1988 (''Select Edition of his Writings ), p.178:
  • they told him their comming was for some extraordinary tooles and shift of apparell; by this colourable excuse, they obtained 6. or 7. more to their confederacie.
  • * 2003 , Ofer Raban, Modern legal theory and judicial impartiality , p.83:
  • These three examples have what may be called a 'colourable ' claim for a public justification: they do not appear to us as checkerboard statues because, looking at the distinctions they draw, we presume the required justification does exist .
  • Deceptive; fake, misleading.
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , III.iii:
  • Glauce , what needs this colourable word, / To cloke the cause, that hath it selfe bewrayd?
  • That can be coloured.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1811, author=Daniel Ellis
  • , title= Farther inquiries into the changes induced on atmospheric air, by the germination of seeds, the vegetation of plants, and the respiration of animals, page=117 , passage=This matter, however, is not itself coloured, but is only capable of exhibiting colours, by the addition of other matters : and hence we have ventured to call it the colourable , rather than the colouring parts of the plant, by which we merely indicate its property of becoming coloured, but not its actual possession of colour.}}
  • * {{quote-journal, isbn=0720408431, page=259
  • , year=1978, author=A. G. Thomason, journal=Advances in graph theory: Volume 1977 , title= Hamiltonian Cycles and Uniquely Edge Colorable Graphs , passage=These results were discovered whilst investigating uniquely edge colourable graphs.}}
  • * 1992 , STACS 92, 9th Annual Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science , edited by A. Finkel and M. Jantzen, page 397:
  • A circle graph with no cycle of length four is colourable with three colours.

    Usage notes

    The sense "that can be coloured" is more common in American than in British English.