Faineant



[fey-nee-uh nt; French fe-ney-ahn] /ˈfeɪ ni ənt; French fɛ neɪˈɑ̃/

adjective
1.
Also, faineant
[fey-nee-uh nt] /ˈfeɪ ni ənt/ (Show IPA). idle; indolent.
noun, plural fainéants
[fey-nee-uh nts; French fe-ney-ahn] /ˈfeɪ ni ənts; French fɛ neɪˈɑ̃/ (Show IPA)
2.
an idler.
/ˈfeɪnɪənt; French fɛneɑ̃/
noun
1.
a lazy person; idler
adjective
2.
indolent
adj.

1610s (n.), from French fainéant (16c.) “do-nothing,” from fait, third person singular present tense of faire (see factitious) + néant “nothing” (cf. dolce far niente).

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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