Meaning of flâneur in English:


Pronunciation /flaˈnəː/

nounplural noun flâneurs/flaˈnəː/

  • A man who saunters around observing society.

    ‘The boy is a weak and uncomfortable presence, too young for his clothes, perhaps, and certainly too young to adopt the casual air of the flâneur he's attempting.’
    • ‘Before he could marry Ursula he had a long-standing lover to get rid of, an office to close and a delightful life as a left-wing flâneur to turn his back on.’
    • ‘Andrew Norton, a disillusioned flâneur, novelist and bookseller lives in Hackney.’
    • ‘Manet was the gentleman flâneur personified and his paintings portray the leisure activities of Parisian life.’
    • ‘Baudelaire was a flâneur himself, and drifted through the streets of Paris in between writing poems and spending his trust fund on dandy outfits and opium.’


French, from flâner ‘saunter, lounge’.