Definition of fainéant in English:

fainéant

noun

archaic
  • An idle or ineffective person.

    unmoving, motionless, immobile, still, stock-still, stationary, static, dormant, sleeping
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adjective

  • Idle or ineffective.

Origin

Early 17th century: from French, from fait does + néant nothing.

Pronunciation

fainéant

/ˈfeɪneɪɒ̃/