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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Given to doing nothing; idle. See Synonyms at lazy.
  • n. An irresponsible idler; a sluggard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of faineant.


French, alteration (influenced by fait néant, does nothing) of Old French faignant, idler, from present participle of faindre, feindre, to feign; see feign.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • Given to do nothing, idle, lazy.

    May 12, 2008