One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a man) readily or frequently enter into casual sexual relationships with women.‘married men who philander’
womanize, have affairs affair, have an affair, flirt, dally with someone's affections, toy with someone's affections, trifle with someone's affectionsView synonyms
- ‘Hubert philanders openly with Sonia, while Henri and Ines are in the bedroom trying to shut the child up.’
- ‘His parents quarreled, his father drank and philandered and, when Wilson was 10, left the family for another woman.’
- ‘He spent a lot of his life philandering, that is to say, cheating on my mom, making her insanely miserable.’
- ‘There is, however, one class of married man that should be free to mislead and philander as they wish: guys who were strong-armed into buying expensive engagement rings for their wives.’
- ‘The naïf in this case is gorgeous Leslie, whose fiancé Logan philanders with Agnes while expecting Leslie to be faithful.’
Mid 18th century: from the earlier noun philander ‘man, husband’, often used in literature as the given name of a lover, from Greek philandros ‘fond of men’, from philein ‘to love’ + anēr ‘man’.
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