faineance

fainéant

[fey-nee-uhnt; French fe-ney-ahn]
adjective
1.
Also, faineant [fey-nee-uhnt] . idle; indolent.
noun, plural fainéants [fey-nee-uhnts; French fe-ney-ahn] .
2.
an idler.

Origin:
1610–20; < French, earlier fait-nient, literally, he does nothing, pseudo-etymological alteration of Old French faignant idler, noun use of present participle of se faindre to shirk. See feign, faint

faineance [fey-nee-uhns] , noun
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fainéant (ˈfeɪnɪənt, French fɛneɑ̃)
 
n
1.  a lazy person; idler
 
adj
2.  indolent
 
[C17: from French, modification of earlier fait-nient (he) does nothing, by folk etymology from Old French faignant shirker, from faindre to be lazy]
 
'faineance
 
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faineant
1610s (n.), from Fr. fainéant (16c.) do-nothing, from fait, third person singular present tense of faire + néant nothing (cf. dolce far niente). As an adj., from 1855.
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