(past and past participle ma·lin·gered, present participle ma·lin·ger·ing, 3rd person present singular ma·lin·gers)
feign illness: to pretend to be ill, especially in order to avoid work
[Late 18th century. < French malingre "sickly"]
nerdfury emailed me to say he was sick and needed a substitute poster for today. Really, I think he is just malingering, probably out drinking and wrestling crocodiles. Come on, we know Australians don't get sick!