philander

verb phi·lan·der \ fə-ˈlan-dər \

Definition of philander

philandered; philandering play \fə-ˈlan-d(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
:to have casual or illicit sex with a person or with many people; especially :to be sexually unfaithful to one's spouse usually used of a man
  • … her philandering brother-in-law; and … the schoolteacher he philanders with.
  • —Judith Crist

philanderer

play \fə-ˈlan-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of philander in a Sentence

  1. he can't seem to stop philandering, even now that he's on his fifth marriage

Recent Examples of philander from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'philander.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of philander

from obsolete philander lover, philanderer, probably from the name Philander

philander Synonyms

Synonyms
cheat, screw around, step out
Related Words
cat (around), fool around, fornicate, play (around), tomcat (around), womanize; copulate, couple, lie, make out, mate, sleep; lust


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up philander? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

serious difficulty or misfortune

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!