Definitions

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  • n. One who wanders aimlessly, who roams, who travels at a lounging pace.
  • n. An idler, a loafer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who strolls about aimlessly; a lounger; a loafer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An idle, gossiping saunterer; one who habitually strolls about idly.

Etymologies

From French flâneur ("loafer, idler, dawdler, loiterer"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He was called a flaneur, one who strolled the arcades.

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  • The flaneur is a stroller, a loiterer, someone who ambles through a city without apparent purpose but is secretly attuned to the history of the place and in covert search of adventure and knowledge.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • The flaneur is a multilayered palimpsest that allows us to move from real products of modernity to a critical appreciation of the state of modernity and its erosion into the past.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • ‘the flaneur is a loiterer, a stroller who ambles through the city without apparent purpose but is secretly attuned to the city, its history and secrets’.

    flaneurie - the passionate observer

  • The word "flaneur" is italicized because it is not English, but possibly also for emphasis ... if the sentence had read "The Major is a _fool_", with the word "fool" italicized, it would clearly be emphasis.

    The Project Gutenberg FAQ 2002

  • The analogy of the SL experience as like visiting a city is spot on, you can be a homeless wanderer, drifting through collecting freebies, picking random spots on the map or typing silly words into search, in many ways similar to the aesthetically guided roamings of the literary "flaneur" or the aleatory encounters of the situationist "derive" … Philip Guest described SL in his book Second Lives as "a low level search for each other" ..

    Second Life Games

  • 'flaneur', and fop, who, according to the world, had misused a wife, misled her brother, robbed widows and orphans, squandered a fortune, become drunkard and wastrel, and at last had lost his life in

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  • "He goes on to consider the circulation of copies in our culture, which also operate as a" flaneur, "in that copies eternally yield their own aura in relation to new contexts.

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  • Johnny Cubert White: Casual Encounters | An avid walker, Johnny Cubert White embodies Baudelaire's idea of the flaneur--a wander of the city in search of images that inspire; he merely observes, constructing narratives.

    Bill Bush: The Optimist's Parking Lot: This Artweek.LA (August 8-14, 2011)

  • Casinos, dancing rooms, divans, night houses, pleasure gardens, music halls, and cafes worked as more casual sites for picking up a bedfellow, but most commonly the flaneur fulfilled his desire by hitting the streets.

    Deborah Lutz's "Pleasure Bound," on Victorian sex rebels

Comments

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  • A thoughtful discussion of the flaneur, and indeed the cyberflaneur, is to be found here. And a lovely Caillebotte.

    March 29, 2013

  • JM is a purposeful flaneur.

    February 17, 2011

  • In the 1960s, the French Situationists coined the term ‘psychogeography' to describe a radical method of mapping cities. Through aimless walks, they would recover what was unnoticed in the urban landscape, performing a phrenology of all nooks and crannies in the Parisian metropolis.
    -Nika Stella-Sawicka, Will modern-day flaneurs help rebuild fragmented communities?

    September 30, 2009

  • See also flâneur.

    October 4, 2008

  • "The sidewalk flaneurs get as much out of the Web as the ranchers do, if not more."
    —Steven Johnson, The Ghost Map (New York: Penguin, 2006), 237

    October 4, 2008

  • "One who strolls about aimlessly; a lounger; a loafer."

    November 15, 2007