[fey-nee-uh nt; French fe-ney-ahn]
Also fai·ne·ant [fey-nee-uh nt] /ˈfeɪ ni ənt/. idle; indolent.
noun, plural fai·né·ants [fey-nee-uh nts; French fe-ney-ahn] /ˈfeɪ ni ənts; French fɛ neɪˈɑ̃/.
idle, inactive, indolent, slothful, sluggard, sluggish, otiose, shiftless, bum, good-for-nothing, layabout, loafer, slacker, wastrel
- fair and square,
- fair ball,
- fair catch,
- fair copy
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
Word Origin for fainéant
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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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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