- (of a man) to make love with a woman one cannot or will not marry; carry on flirtations.
Origin of philander
Synonyms for philanderSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for philanderergallant, flirt, debaucher, lover, operator, cruiser, swinger, chaser, adulterer
Examples from the Web for philanderer
Contemporary Examples of philanderer
A staunch traditionalist at home, Ahmad is also a liberal in politics and a nighttime philanderer.Cairo, Revisited: How Naguib Mahfouz Predicted the Future of Egypt
July 22, 2012
In fact, however, Henry was more of a serial monogamist than a philanderer.Oral History: The Sex Lives of the Kings and Queens of England
July 10, 2012
Now the monarch, 74, has been exposed as a philanderer after he fell and broke his hip during a $52,000 African safari.It's Not Good to Be the King
May 18, 2012
There is no way in heaven or earth that he is a philanderer (Cain).Michael Tomasky: Get Ready for Santorum Time in the GOP Campaign
December 19, 2011
Historical Examples of philanderer
A vision of his antitype, the Cowes Philanderer, crossed me for a second.The Riddle of the Sands
In one of his plays—The Philanderer—a certain character has five or six natures.Iconoclasts
His "The Philanderer" was published before a theater would accept it.Six Major Prophets
Edwin Emery Slosson
For all that he was puzzled; he had not thought Musgrave a philanderer.
"If Musgrave's not a philanderer, he's mighty dull," he said.
- (intr often foll by with) (of a man) to flirt with women
Word Origin for philander
1816, agent noun from 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.