fainéant [ fey-nee-uhnt; French fe-ney-ahn ]
1. Also fai·ne·ant [fey-nee-uhnt]. idle; indolent.
noun, plural fai·né·ants [fey-nee-uhnts; French fe-ney-ahn].
2. an idler.
OTHER WORDS FROM FAINÉANT
fai·ne·ance [fey-nee-uhns], noun
WORDS RELATED TO FAINÉANT
idle, inactive, indolent, slothful, sluggard, sluggish, otiose, shiftless, bum, good-for-nothing, layabout, loafer, slacker, wastrel, ne'er-do-well
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Origin: 1610–20; < French, earlier fait-nient, literally, he does nothing, pseudo-etymological alteration of Old French faignant idler, noun use of present participle of se faindre to shirk. See feign, faint
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR FAINÉANT
While a roi faineant may fulfil effectively all the essential duties of sovereignty, an autocrate faineant is an absurdity.
RUSSIA|DONALD MACKENZIE WALLACE
Yours is the faineant spirit of the decadent, masquerading in the garb of a sham primitivism.
A LOST LEADER|E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM
I take it as a kingdom, and I cannot be roi faineant, with a steward for maire du palais.
KENELM CHILLINGLY, COMPLETE|EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
They were the Mayors of that Palace; he only le roi faineant.
LUCRETIA, COMPLETE|EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
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