Definition of philander in English:

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philander

Pronunciation: /fəˈlandər/

verb

[no object]
(Of a man) readily or frequently enter into casual sexual relationships with women: they accepted that their husbands would philander with other women
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • Hubert philanders openly with Sonia, while Henri and Ines are in the bedroom trying to shut the child up.
Synonyms
womanize, have affairs, flirt
informal play around, carry on, play the field, sleep around, fool around

Origin

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'.

Words that rhyme with philander

Amanda, Aranda, Baganda, Banda, brander, candour (US candor), coriander, dander, expander, gander, germander, goosander, jacaranda, Leander, Luanda, Lysander, meander, memoranda, Menander, Miranda, oleander, panda, pander, pasanda, propaganda, Rwanda, sander, Skanda, stander, Uganda, understander, Vanda, veranda, withstander, zander

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Syllabification: phi·lan·der

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