- Philander is to have many passing love affairs.
Trying to have sex with many different people is an example of philander.
Origin of philander; from Classical Greek philandros, fond of men ; from philos, loving + anēr, a man (see andro-): used in fiction as a name for a lover
intransitive verbphi·lan·dered, phi·lan·der·ing, phi·lan·ders
- To have a sexual affair with someone who is not one's spouse or partner. Used especially of a man.
- To have many casual sexual affairs. Used especially of a man.
- Archaic To flirt. Used especially of a man.
Origin of philanderFrom 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.
(third-person singular simple present philanders, present participle philandering, simple past and past participle philandered)
- To make love to women; to play the male flirt.
From Ancient Greek φίλανδρος (philandros, “loving men”), from φιλία (philia, “love”) and ἀνδρός (andros), genitive case of ἀνήρ (anēr, “man”).