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fainéant

play
noun fai·né·ant \fā-nā-ˈäⁿ\

Definition of fainéant

plural fainéants play \-ˈäⁿ(z)\

  1. :  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


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fainéant

play
adjective fai·né·ant \fā-nā-ˈäⁿ\

Definition of fainéant

  1. :  idle and ineffectual :  indolent



1854

First Known Use of fainéant

1854

Variants of fainéant

or fai·ne·ant play \ˈfā-nē-ənt\

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