philanderer

noun phi·lan·der·er \ fə-ˈlan-dər-ər \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of philanderer

plural philanderers
disapproving
: a man who has sexual relations with many women; especially : a man who is unfaithful to his wife or partner
  • … on a realistic level King is an incorrigible philanderer who deserts his gentle wife …
  • —Louise Westling
  • [Florenz] Ziegfeld's private life was messy. He was an outrageous philanderer who at one point kept a mistress in the same hotel he lived in with Anna Held.
  • —Alicia Metcalf Miller
  • Until then, public officials who were philanderers or alcoholics … pretty much operated with immunity from disclosure so long as their professional performance was unaffected.
  • —Tom Goldstein

First Known Use of philanderer

1841

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