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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.
verb (used without object), wom·an·ized, wom·an·iz·ing.
  1. to pursue or court women habitually.
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
Derived Formswomanizer or womaniser, nounwomanizing or womanising, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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