Origin of fainéantFrench from Old French faignant, an idler, origin, originally present participle of feindre (see feign); altered by folk etymology as if from French fait, (he) does + néant, nothing
a lazy, idle person
Given to doing nothing; lazy.
One who is lazy or idle.
Origin of faineantFrench alteration ( influenced by fait néant does nothing ) of Old French faignant idler from present participle of faindre, feindre to feign ; see feign .
NounSee also: faineant
- Alternative spelling of faineant.