- (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 philander
And Philander told me himself that he didn't know why he bought it. 'Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Philander drove off, shaking his head and chuckling to himself.
Philander turned and spoke to some one in the house behind him.
"I don't doubt she wants your photograph, Philander," he drawled.
Philander C. Knox was born on the hill on the east side of the river.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
- (intr often foll by with) (of a man) to flirt with women
Word Origin and History for philander
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.