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Sunday, December 30, 2001

Definitions for faineant

  1. Doing nothing or given to doing nothing; idle; lazy.
  2. A do-nothing; an idle fellow; a sluggard.

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Citations for faineant
Yet if nonhunters ever knew how many properly dressed, entirely palatable big-game carcasses wind up in dumpsters because someone was simply too faineant to butcher and cook and eat an animal he could find the time and energy to shoot and kill, hunting would be in even greater jeopardy than it is today. Thomas McIntyre, Sports Afield
According to Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Charles II was no faineant half-wit but a conscientious and reflective king. David Gilmour, The Spectator
Origin of faineant
Faineant is from French, from Middle French fait, "does" + néant, "nothing."