Definition of Faineant

1. Adjective. Disinclined to work or exertion. "The unemployed are not necessarily work-shy"

Exact synonyms: Indolent, Lazy, Otiose, Slothful, Work-shy
Similar to: Idle
Derivative terms: Faineance, Indolence, Laziness, Laziness, Slothfulness



Definition of Faineant

1. Noun. An irresponsible or lazy person. ¹

2. Noun. (alternative spelling of faineant) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Faineant

1. a lazy person [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Faineant

fails
failsafe
failure
failure rate
failure to thrive
failureproof
failures
fain
fainaigue
fainaigued
fainaigues
fainaiguing
faine
faineance
faineances
faineant (current term)
faineants
fained
fainer
faines
fainest
faining
fainites
fainly
fainness
fains
faint
faint-hearted
faint of heart
fainted

Literary usage of Faineant

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Medieval Europe from 395 to 1270 by Charles Bémont, Gabriel Monod (1902)
"The period known as the " faineant" kings dates from the death of Dagobert. These later Merovingians merely pass across the stage; they succeeded to the ..."

2. The Poems of Charles Fenno Hoffman by Charles Fenno Hoffman (1873)
"LE faineant. " ATOW arouse thee, Sir Knight, from thine in- 1\ dolent ease, Fling boldly thy banner abroad in the breeze, Strike home for thy lady—strive ..."

3. The Ecclesiastical History of England and Normandy by Ordericus Vitalis, Léopold Delisle, Guizot (François) (1854)
"At last Charles the Simple, son of Lewis faineant,1 no longer able to resist Rollo, came to terms with him, giving him his daughter Gisla in marriage, ..."

4. Glossary of Terms and Phrases by Henry Percy Smith (1883)
"faineant. [Fr.] Do-nothing. Faints. The impure spirit which comes over first and last in distilling whisky. Fairies. ..."

5. Handbook of Mediaeval Geography and History by Wilhelm Pütz, Robert Bateman Paul (1850)
"Lewis V. (faineant) without male issue, after a reign of fourteen months, his uncle Charles, duke of Lower Lorraine, was excluded from the succession, ..."

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