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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fey-nee-uh nt; French fe-ney-ahn]
    • /ˈfeɪ ni ənt; French fɛ neɪˈɑ̃/
    • /ˌfeə.neɪ.ˈɑːŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fey-nee-uh nt; French fe-ney-ahn]
    • /ˈfeɪ ni ənt; French fɛ neɪˈɑ̃/

Definitions of faineant word

  • adjective faineant Also, faineant [fey-nee-uh nt] /ˈfeɪ ni ənt/ (Show IPA). idle; indolent. 1
  • noun plural faineant an idler. 1
  • noun faineant An irresponsible or lazy person. 1
  • noun faineant lazy person 0
  • adjective faineant indolent 0
  • noun faineant a lazy person; idler 0

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Origin of faineant

First appearance:

before 1610
One of the 40% oldest English words
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

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faineant popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 32% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for faineant

adj faineant

  • idle — not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing: idle workers.
  • inactive — not active: an inactive volcano.
  • indolent — having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful: an indolent person.
  • slothful — sluggardly; indolent; lazy.
  • sluggard — a person who is habitually inactive or lazy.

noun faineant

  • bum — Someone's bum is the part of their body which they sit on.
  • good-for-nothing — worthless; of no use.
  • layabout — a lazy or idle person; loafer.
  • loafer — a person who loafs; lazy person; idler.
  • slacker — a slack condition or part.

adjective faineant

  • slow-moving — proceeding with or characterized by slow, sluggish, or leisurely movement or activity.
  • spring fever — a listless, lazy, or restless feeling commonly associated with the beginning of spring.
  • energyless — Without energy.
  • lackadaisical — without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic: a lackadaisical attempt.
  • slack — not tight, taut, firm, or tense; loose: a slack rope.

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