[ fi-lan-der ]
/ fɪˈlæn dər /

verb (used without object)

(of a man) to make love with a woman one cannot or will not marry; carry on flirtations.

Nearby words

  1. philadelphia lawyer,
  2. philadelphia pepper pot,
  3. philadelphia scrapple,
  4. philadelphus,
  5. philae,
  6. philanderer,
  7. philandering,
  8. philanthrope,
  9. philanthropic,
  10. philanthropist

Origin of philander

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

Related formsphi·lan·der·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for philanderer


/ (fɪˈlændə) /


(intr often foll by with) (of a man) to flirt with women
Derived Formsphilanderer, nounphilandering, noun, adjective

Word Origin for philander

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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