Definitions for fainéantˌfeɪ neɪˈɑ̃; -ˈɑ̃z; ˈfeɪ ni ənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fai•né•antˌfeɪ neɪˈɑ̃; -ˈɑ̃z; ˈfeɪ ni ənt(adj.; n.)(pl.)-ants

  1. Category: Foreign Term

  2. (n.)an idler.

    Category: Foreign Term

Origin of fainéant:

1610–20; < F, earlier fait-nient, lit., he does nothing


Princeton's WordNet

  1. faineant, indolent, lazy, otiose, slothful, work-shy(adj)

    disinclined to work or exertion

    "faineant kings under whose rule the country languished"; "an indolent hanger-on"; "too lazy to wash the dishes"; "shiftless idle youth"; "slothful employees"; "the unemployed are not necessarily work-shy"


  1. faineant(Noun)

    An irresponsible or lazy person.

  2. Origin: From faineant, alteration of feignant, present participle of feindre, modelled on fait + neant

Webster Dictionary

  1. Faineant(adj)

    doing nothing; shiftless

  2. Faineant(noun)

    a do-nothing; an idle fellow; a sluggard

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He has work to do, but he's idle and just sits around.

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