Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To carry on a sexual affair, especially an extramarital affair, with a woman one cannot or does not intend to marry. Used of a man.
  • intransitive v. To engage in many love affairs, especially with a frivolous or casual attitude. Used of a man.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lover.
  • n. A South American opossum, Didelphys philander.
  • n. An Australian bandicoot, Perameles lagotis.
  • v. To make love to women; to play the male flirt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lover.
  • n. A South American opossum (Didelphys philander).
  • n. An Australian bandicoot (Perameles lagotis).
  • intransitive v. To make love to women; to play the male flirt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To play the philander; pay court to a woman, especially without serious intention; make love in a foolish way; “spoon.”
  • n. A lover.
  • n. In zoology, one of several different marsupial mammals.
  • n. A flirtation; a philandering.
  • n. Same as filander.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have amorous affairs; of men
  • v. talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions

Etymologies

From 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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek φιλία (philia, 'love') and ἀνδρός (andros), genitive case of ἀνήρ (anēr, 'man'). (Wiktionary)

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