Meaning of fainéant in English:

fainéant

Pronunciation /ˈfeɪneɪɒ̃/

noun

archaic
  • An idle or ineffective person.

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

adjective

  • Idle or ineffective.

Origin

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