fainéant

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1fai·né·ant

noun \fā-nā-ˈäⁿ\
plural fainéants \-ˈäⁿ(z)\

Definition of FAINÉANT

:  an irresponsible idler

Origin of FAINÉANT

French, from Middle French fait-nient, literally, does nothing, by folk etymology from faignant, from present participle of faindre, feindre to feign
First Known Use: 1619

2fai·né·ant

adjective \fā-nā-ˈäⁿ\

Definition of FAINÉANT

:  idle and ineffectual :  indolent

Variants of FAINÉANT

fai·né·ant or fai·ne·ant \ˈfā-nē-ənt\

First Known Use of FAINÉANT

1854

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