[fey-nee-uh nt; French fe-ney-ahn]
- Also fai·ne·ant [fey-nee-uh nt] /ˈfeɪ ni ənt/. idle; indolent.
- an idler.
Origin of fainéant
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Examples from the Web for faineant
Yours is the faineant spirit of the decadent, masquerading in the garb of a sham primitivism.A Lost Leader
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- a lazy person; idler
C17: from French, modification of earlier fait-nient (he) does nothing, by folk etymology from Old French faignant shirker, from faindre to be lazy
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Word Origin and History for faineant
A French folk etymology of Old French faignant (14c.), present participle of faindre "to feign" (see feign). As an adjective, from 1855.
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