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Definitions for fainéant
ˌfeɪ neɪˈɑ̃; -ˈɑ̃z; ˈfeɪ ni əntfainéant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. faineant, indolent, lazy, otiose, slothful, work-shyadjective

    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. faineantnoun

    An irresponsible or lazy person.

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


  1. faineant

    Faineant is a term that originates from French, referring to a person who is extremely lazy, idle, or lacks ambition. Essentially, it describes someone who is inactive or avoids work. This term captures a sense of overall neglect or disregard for any form of activity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Faineantadjective

    doing nothing; shiftless

  2. Faineantnoun

    a do-nothing; an idle fellow; a sluggard

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fainéant

    fā-nyang′, adj. and n. do-nothing, applied esp. to the later Merovingian kings of France, mere puppets, under whom the mayors of the Palace really governed the country.—ns. Fai′neance (Kingsley), Fai′neancy, Faineant′ise. [Fr., faire, to do, néant, nothing.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fainéant in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fainéant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
    A obnoxious
    B handsome
    C frantic
    D dangerous

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