karmic_serenity (karmic_serenity) wrote in 1word1day,

faineant \fay-nay-AWN\

1. Doing nothing or given to doing nothing; idle; lazy.



  1. A do-nothing; an idle fellow; a sluggard.


Faineant is from French, from Middle French fait, "does" + néant, "nothing."


A faineant government is not the worst government that England can have. It has been the great fault of our politicians that they have all wanted to do something.

-- Anthony Trollope, Phineas Finn

Tags: adjective, f, french, noun

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