- (of a man) to make love with a woman one cannot or will not marry; carry on flirtations.
Origin of philander
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Examples from the Web for philanderer
A staunch traditionalist at home, Ahmad is also a liberal in politics and a nighttime philanderer.Cairo, Revisited: How Naguib Mahfouz Predicted the Future of Egypt
July 22, 2012
In fact, however, Henry was more of a serial monogamist than a philanderer.Oral History: The Sex Lives of the Kings and Queens of England
July 10, 2012
Now the monarch, 74, has been exposed as a philanderer after he fell and broke his hip during a $52,000 African safari.It's Not Good to Be the King
May 18, 2012
There is no way in heaven or earth that he is a philanderer (Cain).Michael Tomasky: Get Ready for Santorum Time in the GOP Campaign
December 19, 2011
A vision of his antitype, the Cowes Philanderer, crossed me for a second.The Riddle of the Sands
In one of his plays—The Philanderer—a certain character has five or six natures.Iconoclasts
His "The Philanderer" was published before a theater would accept it.Six Major Prophets
Edwin Emery Slosson
For all that he was puzzled; he had not thought Musgrave a philanderer.
"If Musgrave's not a philanderer, he's mighty dull," he said.
- (intr often foll by with) (of a man) to flirt with women
Word Origin and History for philanderer
1816, agent noun from philander (v.).
1737, from the noun meaning "a lover" (1700), from Philander, popular name for a lover in stories, drama, and poetry, from Greek adjective philandros "with love for people," perhaps mistaken as meaning "a loving man," from phil- "loving" (see philo-) + andr-, stem of aner "man" (see anthropo-). Related: Philandered; philandering.