wom·​an·​ize ˈwu̇-mə-ˌnīz How to pronounce womanize (audio)
womanized; womanizing

transitive verb

: to make effeminate

intransitive verb

: to pursue casual sexual relationships with multiple women
womanizer noun

Examples of womanize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beyoncé Honors Tina Turner at Paris 'Renaissance' Show At the time, few knew the horrors of her life offstage and in studios with her abusive and womanizing husband. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2023 That his father was a difficult, violent, womanizing alcoholic, holding 34 jobs in 44 years. Karen Heller, Washington Post, 3 May 2023 In Hud, Newman plays a womanizing rebel who refuses to play by society’s rules, which Kennedy watched in Feb. 1963. Matt Novak, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 Contrary to his extremely libidinous, womanizing persona, Andrew did not seem like a ladies’ man and was rarely seen in the company of women, another source close to his reality TV career says. Ioana Erdei, Rolling Stone, 26 Jan. 2023 To womanize is a broad term. ABC News, 31 Oct. 2021 Naïve young newlyweds Fred and Rose (Odessa Young and Logan Lerman) are new in town and make the questionable decision take up residence with the reclusive Jackson and her womanizing hubby (Michael Stuhlbarg). Kathy Passero, cleveland, 5 June 2020 In fact, Warren Beatty’s character in 1975’s Shampoo was reportedly based on Sebring’s womanizing ways. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 24 Jan. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of womanize was circa 1586

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“Womanize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/womanize. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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