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Meaning of "fainites" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD FAINITES

From fains I I decline, from feine feign, from Old French se feindre in the sense: back out, esp of battle.
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PRONUNCIATION OF FAINITES

fainites  [ˈfeɪnaɪts] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF FAINITES

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Fainites is an exclamation.
Exclamation is an expression or voice that reflects an emotion or exaltation.

WHAT DOES FAINITES MEAN IN ENGLISH?

fainites

Truce term

A truce term is a word or short phrase accepted within a community of children as an effective way of calling for a temporary respite or truce during a game or activity, such as tag or its variants. Common examples in English speaking cultures are barley, fainites, crosses and kings in the United Kingdom, pegs and nibs in New Zealand and variants of barley in Australia. In the United States, terms based on time-out have, from the 1950s onwards, largely supplanted earlier common terms based on kings exe. Since the late 1980s time-out has been recorded in other English speaking cultures besides the US. Examples of use of truce terms are if a child has a stitch or wants to raise a point on the rules of the game. Traditionally these terms are specific to certain geographical areas although some may be used by a particular social group such as pax in the UK, used primarily by children attending private schools. To be functional a truce term must be understood and honoured by most of the children playing together.

Definition of fainites in the English dictionary

The definition of fainites in the dictionary is a cry for truce or respite from the rules of a game.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH FAINITES


Ammonites
ˈæməˌnaɪts
brights
braɪts
daylights
ˈdeɪˌlaɪts
Dolomites
ˈdɒləˌmaɪts
footlights
ˈfʊtˌlaɪts
heights
ˈhaɪts
highlights
ˈhaɪlaɪts
knights
naɪts
lights
laɪts
lowlights
ˈləʊlaɪts
nights
naɪts
rights
raɪts
sights
saɪts
tights
taɪts
whites
waɪts

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FAINITES

failure
fain
faineance
faineancy
faineantise
fainly
fainness
fains
faint
faint-hearted
faint-ruled paper
fainter
faintheartedly
faintheartedness
fainting fit
faintish
faintly
faintness
faints
fainty

WORDS THAT END LIKE FAINITES

All Whites
ascites
draconites
equites
favourites
fomites
Independent Order of Rechabites
iron pyrites
kites
last rites
limites
pyrites
Quirites
sorites
the All Whites
Thersites
to play favourites
toilet requisites
tympanites
velites

Synonyms and antonyms of fainites in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «fainites» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FAINITES

Find out the translation of fainites to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of fainites from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «fainites» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

fainites
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

fainites
570 millions of speakers

English

fainites
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

fainites
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

fainites
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

fainites
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

fainites
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

fainites
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

fainites
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Fainit
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

fainites
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

fainites
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

fainites
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Fainites
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

fainites
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

fainites
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

Fainites
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

fainites
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

fainites
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

fainites
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

fainites
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

fainites
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

fainites
15 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Afrikaans

fainites
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

fainites
10 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Norwegian

fainites
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of fainites

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FAINITES»

The term «fainites» is barely ever used and occupies the 209.552 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FAINITES» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «fainites» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «fainites» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about fainites

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FAINITES»

Discover the use of fainites in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to fainites and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Coalition Chronicles
Mr. Speaker: What in the name of blithering balls is going on here, Prime Minister ? The Prime Minister: [most hurriedly] Upon the Eve of Swapsie Fainites I do hereby claim the Speaker's Chair and call Swapsies. Mr. Speaker: Fainites! Fainites!
Ian Martin, 2011
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Discovering English Dialects
The Opies' map of these words shows large areas of skinch. kings or kings and crosses in the east and of barley (adjoining) in the west, with fainites in the south- east and south-west, these large regions being penetrated by other, different, ...
Martyn Francis Wakelin, 1994
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The Lore of the Playground: One hundred years of children's ...
Back in i959, Croydon had been firmly in the 'fainites' territory, and informal discussions with older local residents confirmed that this was the word they remembered. But in 1988 it came a relatively poor third in the list of preferred words. in ...
Steve Roud, 2010
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The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren
Common phrase amongst boys in Peterborough. 'No tiggin' in eggshell.' T1n still in my eggshell, dopey. My feet are crossed.' Probably from a local sanctuary game. Fainsor fainites. The usual term in London, and throughout southern England ...
Iona Archibald Opie, Peter Opie, 2001
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A Time to Love
... in the desk. That was it. It was a furious game and occupied the entire playground, spinning them off into every direction like paper chips in a kaleidoscope. Soon. both. his. bootlaces. had. come. undone. and. he. had. to. call. 'fainites ...
Beryl Kingston, 2012
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Archaic England: An Essay in Deciphering Prehistory from ...
which among children is equivalent to *' fainites " : the sign of truce or fainites is to cross the two fore-fingers into the form of the treus or cross. St. Nicholas is the unquestioned patron of all children, and in the past bands of lads, terming ...
Harold Bayley, 1920
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A Companion To Medieval English Literature and Culture ...
The London form fainites has a minority variant, vainites. The word fainites is probably of Anglo-Norman origin, from the Anglo-Norman French verb feindre meaning 'to pretend, feign, turn a blind eye to', which is what the temporarily powerful ...
Peter Brown, 2009
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Merlin and the Woods of Time
Right. To work. Barley, fainites, crosses, kings... He waves his wand. The BODIES stand, raise their arms, cross their fingers, and troop out to the Chapel, as if entranced. THE Barley, fainites, crosses, kings BODIES: Truce, barsies, screwsies, ...
Glyn Maxwell, 2011
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Jiggy McCue: Ryan's Brain
But I could actually do without things like that inmylife right now, know what I mean? So how about it? Fainites?' 'What?' saidPete. 'What what?' ' Whatyoujustsaid.' 'Whatdid Ijustsay?' 'Fay something.' 'Fainites?' 'Yeah.' 'It means let'scall a truce ...
Michael Lawrence, 2010
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'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?': A Confrontation in the Desert
'Say fainites,' Isaid,as Edgington put undue pressureon his scrotum. 'Fainites,' he screamed.'If it weren'tfor thefact you bastards owe me money, I'd arrest you,' said Trew from the depthsof the kit bags where wehad buriedhim.'That's a terrible ...
Spike Milligan, 2012

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Fainites [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/fainites>. Jun 2020 ».
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