phi·​lan·​der·​er | \ fə-ˈlan-dər-ər How to pronounce philanderer (audio) \
plural philanderers

Definition of philanderer

: 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

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1841, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of philanderer

old-fashioned + disapproving : a man who has sexual relations with many women and especially with women who are not his wife

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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