faineant

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French fay neant, alteration of feignant (idler), present participle of feindre, modelled on fait (does) + neant (nothing).

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Noun[edit]

faineant (plural faineants)

  1. An irresponsible or lazy person.

References[edit]

  • Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, 1973

Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

faineant m (plural faineans)

  1. lazy person; faineant