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philander

[fi-lan-der]
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verb (used without object)
  1. (of a man) to make love with a woman one cannot or will not marry; carry on flirtations.

Origin of philander

1675–85; < Greek phílandros one who loves (of a woman, loving her husband); see philo-, andro-; later used in fiction as a proper name for a lover, and apparently mistaken as “a man who loves”
Related formsphi·lan·der·er, noun

Synonyms

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trifle, dally, womanize.
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Examples from the Web for philandering

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  • The boy was philandering, junketing, somewhere on the Riviera.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He was completely cured of philandering amongst the lower classes.

    The Good Soldier

    Ford Madox Ford

  • I certainly shouldn't, for I don't know what 'philandering' means.

  • We heard you come up the street, and saw you philandering on the front walk.

    The Squirrel-Cage

    Dorothy Canfield

  • "No more of this man's philandering after you," he retorted.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand


British Dictionary definitions for philandering

philander

verb
  1. (intr often foll by with) (of a man) to flirt with women
Derived Formsphilanderer, nounphilandering, noun, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Greek philandros fond of men, from philos loving + anēr man; used as a name for a lover in literary works
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Word Origin and History for philandering

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.

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