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[woo m-uh-nahyz]
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verb (used with object), wom·an·ized, wom·an·iz·ing.
  1. to make effeminate.
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verb (used without object), wom·an·ized, wom·an·iz·ing.
  1. to pursue or court women habitually.
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Also especially British, wom·an·ise.

Origin of womanize

First recorded in 1585–95; woman + -ize
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British Dictionary definitions for womanize



  1. (intr) (of a man) to indulge in many casual affairs with women; philander
  2. (tr) to make effeminate
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Derived Formswomanizer or womaniser, nounwomanizing or womanising, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for womanize


1590s, "to make effeminate," from woman + -ize. Sense of "to chase women, to go wenching" is attested from 1893. Related: Womanized; womanizer; womanizing.

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