fainéant

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

fainéant (plural fainéants)

  1. Alternative spelling of faineant

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Etymology[edit]

From feignant, the present participle of feindre (to fake, to feign), remotivated by folk etymology in fait (does) +‎ néant (nothing).

Pronuncation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fɛ.ne.ɑ̃/, /fe.ne.ɑ̃/

Noun[edit]

fainéant m (plural fainéants, feminine fainéante)

  1. a lazybones; one who makes little or no effort

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Adjective[edit]

fainéant (feminine singular fainéante, masculine plural fainéants, feminine plural fainéantes)

  1. lazy
  2. nonchalant
  3. apathetic

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