One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man who saunters around observing society.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
French, from flâner ‘saunter, lounge’.
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