philander

[fi-lan-der]
verb (used without object)
(of a man) to make love with a woman one cannot or will not marry; carry on flirtations.

Origin:
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”

philanderer, noun


trifle, dally, womanize.
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philander (fɪˈlændə)
 
vb (often foll by with)
(of a man) to flirt with women
 
[C17: from Greek philandros fond of men, from philos loving +anēr man; used as a name for a lover in literary works]
 
phi'landerer
 
n
 
phi'landering
 
n, —adj

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philander
1737, from Philander, popular name for a lover in stories, drama, and poetry, from Gk. adj. philandros "with love for people," perhaps mistaken as meaning "a loving man," from phil- "loving" + andr-, stem of aner "man." Philanderer "male flirt" is from 1841.
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They might be expected to philander, drink, join garden clubs or even to play too much bridge.
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