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Given to doing nothing; lazy.
One who is lazy or idle.

[French, alteration (influenced by fait néant, does nothing) of Old French faignant, idler, from present participle of faindre, feindre, to feign; see feign.]


(ˈfeɪnɪənt; French fɛneɑ̃)
a lazy person; idler
[C17: from French, modification of earlier fait-nient (he) does nothing, by folk etymology from Old French faignant shirker, from faindre to be lazy]
ˈfaineance, ˈfaineancy n


(ˌfeɪ neɪˈɑ̃)

adj., n., pl. -ants (-ˈɑ̃z) adj.
1. Also, fai•ne•ant (ˈfeɪ ni ənt) idle; indolent.
2. an idler.
[1610–20; < French, earlier fait-nient, literally, he does nothing]
fai′ne•ance, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.faineant - disinclined to work or exertion; "faineant kings under whose rule the country languished"; "an indolent hanger-on"; "too lazy to wash the dishes"; "shiftless idle youth"; "slothful employees"; "the unemployed are not necessarily work-shy"
idle - not in action or at work; "an idle laborer"; "idle drifters"; "the idle rich"; "an idle mind"


Resistant to exertion and activity:
Informal: do-nothing.
Idiom: bone lazy.
A self-indulgent person who spends time avoiding work or other useful activity:
Slang: slouch.
References in classic literature ?
In short, he had hitherto acted the part rather of a spectator than of a party in the tournament, a circumstance which procured him among the spectators the name of Le Noir Faineant, or the Black Sluggard.
Le Noir Faineant then turned his horse upon Athelstane of Coningsburgh; and his own sword having been broken in his encounter with Front-de-B
It being now the duty of Prince John to name the knight who had done best, he determined that the honour of the day remained with the knight whom the popular voice had termed Le Noir Faineant.
a) Le menteur et la rouspeteuse and d) La fatigante et le faineant Le menteur et la rouspeteuse tells the story of a father and his daughter; La fatigante et le faineant is told by an elderly lady and her teenage neighbour.
4) Faineant ministers in the government are compared to parasites eating human beings from inside (cf.
The accountant retrieves the originals, takes photocopies, and I head back to Sourpuss, the lobby forebodingly faineant when you're clutching No.
Aux Eetats-Unis, "Bob" est ingenieur informaticien, mais egalement un faineant tres intelligent.
By the end of the '30s, the faineant Castelli had managed to open a chic emporium beside the Ritz in Paris, having entered into a partnership with the designer-decorator Rene Drouin (who had "done" the Castelli house in Neuilly), an enterprise once again paid for by the limitlessly patient Schapira.
This requirement marks an improvement on a faineant practice that had developed in some trial chambers of the ICTY and ICTR to simply provide only a single overall sentence without enumerating specific sentences for each conviction.