faitour

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman faitour (cognate with Old French faitor ‘doer, maker’), from Latin factorem, from facere (do, make).

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Noun[edit]

faitour (plural faitours)

  1. (archaic) A charlatan or imposter, especially one pretending to be ill, or to tell fortunes.
    • 1485, Syr Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Bk.II, Ch.x:
      Allas sayd kynge Lot I am ashamed / for by my defaute ther is many a worshipful man slayne / for and we had ben to gyders there hadde ben none hooste vnder the heuen that had ben abel for to haue matched with vs / This fayter with his prophecye hath mocked me
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen, I.iv:
      Into new woes vnweeting I was cast, / By this false faytor [].
    • 1969, Robert Nye, Tales I Told My Mother:
      Quick, now, little faitour. What do you want to know about Gondal?

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Noun[edit]

faitour m (oblique plural faitours, nominative singular faitours, nominative plural faitour)

  1. a layabout (one who does nothing)

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