One who strolls about aimlessly; a lounger; a loafer.
"Idle man-about-town": O, how much is contained in that definition! The flâneur practices a kind of refined street theater, thumbing his nose at hurrying urban crowds by loitering ostentatiously. For Baudelaire - who admired famous flâneurs like Nerval, who is said to have walked a lobster around Paris on a pale blue leash - the "perfect flâneur" is that urbanite who is neither aloof from the crowd nor surrendered to it, but both at once; this "kaleidoscopic" faculty allows him to perceive the subtle eruptions of the infinite into the everyday. (Clearly, the flâneur does not suffer from ennui, nor is he blasé.) See: DRIFTER, IDLER, INDOLENT, LOUNGE.
A person who likes to walk the streets of a city in order to see other people and also to be seen. A common figure in turn-of-the-century writing.
a a streetwise observer, a stroller, someone who rambles through a city without apparent purpose but feels tuned to the place and is constantly searching for adventure, aesthetic and erotic
a city watcher, one who ambles through the streets taking in its bustle, news, people and events
a person who strolls along a street
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, esthetic or erotic
a wanderer through the city
(Fr.) - This French word describes an idler or stroller.