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philander

[ fi-lan-der ]

verb (used without object)

  1. (especially of a man) to have many casual sexual encounters or affairs, especially when married or in a committed relationship.

    Synonyms: womanize, dally, trifle



philander

/ fɪˈlændə /

verb

  1. introften foll bywith (of a man) to flirt with women


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Derived Forms

  • phiˈlandering, nounadjective
  • phiˈlanderer, noun

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Other Words From

  • phi·lan·der·er noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of philander1

First recorded in 1675–85; from Greek phílandros “one who loves” (of a woman, loving her husband); philo-, andro-; later used in fiction as a proper name for a lover, and apparently mistaken as “a man who loves”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of philander1

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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Example Sentences

"I—ah—thought it would not be—ah—quite appropriate," lisped William Philander.

If she had no disposition to philander what was his warrant for supposing she could be corrupted into respectability?

John looks at Philander and the latter nods, for it all seems clear and above board.

His assurance carries the day; the man backs down and allows Philander a passage.

You noticed how she stared at you and asked your name; why, it didn't matter if a dozen Philander Sharpe were near by.

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