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philander

[ fi-lan-der ]
/ fɪˈlæn dər /
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verb (used without object)

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

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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 FROM philander

phi·lan·der·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for philander

philander
/ (fɪˈlændə) /

verb

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

Derived forms of philander

philanderer, 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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