[ flah-nœr ]

noun,plural flâ·neurs [flah-nœr]. /flɑˈnœr/. French.
  1. a person who lounges or strolls around in a seemingly aimless way; an idler or loafer: the flâneur, that cool, aloof observer of urban society.

Origin of flâneur

First recorded in 1850–55; from French: literally, “loafer, idler, man about town,” equivalent to flân-, stem of flâner “to waste time” + -eur; cf. flânerie

Words Nearby flâneur

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How to use flâneur in a sentence

  • He was not, indeed, the aimless flaneur that he has been represented.

    Twelve Types | G.K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for flâneur


/ French (flɑnœr) /

  1. an idler or loafer

Origin of flâneur

C19: see flânerie

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