[woo m-uh-nahyz]

verb (used with object), wom·an·ized, wom·an·iz·ing.

to make effeminate.

verb (used without object), wom·an·ized, wom·an·iz·ing.

to pursue or court women habitually.

Also especially British, wom·an·ise.

Origin of womanize

First recorded in 1585–95; woman + -ize
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Related Words for womanize

womanize, flirt, trifle, dally, wolf, philander

British Dictionary definitions for womanize




(intr) (of a man) to indulge in many casual affairs with women; philander
(tr) to make effeminate
Derived Formswomanizer or womaniser, nounwomanizing or womanising, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for womanize

1590s, "to make effeminate," from woman + -ize. Sense of "to chase women, to go wenching" is attested from 1893. Related: Womanized; womanizer; womanizing.

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