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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Example sentences
The same is largely true of the old rake's notorious philandering.
Their philandering has come in various guises and with various degrees of legitimacy.
She maintains they are happily married despite his philandering, but has admitted once throwing an ax at him.
Many also admire her for holding together a family that includes a philandering husband.
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