[ fi-lan-der ]
See synonyms for: philanderphilanderingphilanderer on

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.

Origin of philander

First recorded in 1675–85; from 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”

Other words for philander

Other words from philander

  • phi·lan·der·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use philander in a sentence

  • Don returns to his philandering ways, leaving Megan to quietly wonder where her husband has gone.

  • But you'll have to pay for it, while she's philandering about with him!

    An Old Man's Love | Anthony Trollope
  • Poor fellow, he'll have a hard job of work on hand just then, and won't have much time for philandering.

    Orley Farm | Anthony Trollope
  • He was interested in her charms, anxious to make love to her in a philandering sort of way, without intending to do her any harm.

    The "Genius" | Theodore Dreiser
  • If our young men do not turn this Scotch girl's head with their philandering, send her to me and I will use her kindly.

    The Little Red Foot | Robert W. Chambers
  • Why didn't you say that at first, instead of philandering along about art.

    Roads of Destiny | O. Henry

British Dictionary definitions for philander


/ (fɪˈlændə) /

  1. (intr often foll by with) (of a man) to flirt with women

Origin of philander

C17: from Greek philandros fond of men, from philos loving + anēr man; used as a name for a lover in literary works

Derived forms of philander

  • philanderer, noun
  • philandering, noun, adjective

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