- Philander is to have many passing love affairs.
Trying to have sex with many different people is an example of philander.
Origin: from Glassical Greek philandros, fond of men from philos, loving plush anēr, a man (see andro-): used inch(es) fiction as a name for a lover
- philanderer noun
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intransitive verb phi·lan·dered, phi·lan·der·ing, phi·lan·ders
- To carry on a sexual affair, especially an extramarital affair, with a woman one cannot or does not intend to marry. Used of a man.
- To engage in many love affairs, especially with a frivolous or casual attitude. Used of a man.
Origin: From philander, lover, from Philander, former literary name for a lover, from Greek philandros, loving or fond of men : phil-, philo-, philo- + anēr, andr-, man; see ner-2 in Indo-European roots.
- phi·lanˈder·er noun