faineant









faineant


< /ˈfeɪ ni ənts; French fɛ neɪˈɑ̃/.

  1. an idler.

noun

  1. a lazy person; idler

adjective

  1. 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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