noun, plural fai·né·ants [fey-nee-uh nts; French fe-ney-ahn] /ˈfeɪ ni ənts; French fɛ neɪˈɑ̃/.
Origin of fainéant
Related Words for faineantidle, inactive, indolent, slothful, sluggard, sluggish, otiose, shiftless, bum, good-for-nothing, layabout, loafer, slacker, wastrel
Examples from the Web for faineant
Historical Examples of faineant
Yours is the faineant spirit of the decadent, masquerading in the garb of a sham primitivism.A Lost Leader
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Word Origin for fainéant
A French folk etymology of Old French faignant (14c.), present participle of faindre "to feign" (see feign). As an adjective, from 1855.