Definition of


  1. (adj, all) disinclined to work or exertion
    an indolent hanger-on
    too lazy to wash the dishes
    shiftless idle youth
    slothful employees
    the unemployed are not necessarily work-shy

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Faineant

indolent, lazy, otiose, slothful, work-shy

Alternate forms of Faineant

Derivations: faineance

Origin of the word Faineant

  1. 1610s (n.), from Fr. fain?ant (16c.) ?do-nothing,? from fait, third person singular present tense of faire + n?ant ?nothing? (cf. dolce far niente). As an adj., from 1855. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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