Is there a single word for "women lover"?

  • I'm surprised this has not been asked on ELU already?
    – Kris
    May 17, 2014 at 13:30
  • What do you mean by "women lover"? Someone who appreciates women? Someone who is sexually attracted to women? Someone who engages in sexual intercourse with women? "Lover" is a vague and ambiguous term.
    – herisson
    Aug 29, 2016 at 20:23
  • @suməlic I read the title and immediately thought mistress, i.e., female lover (rather than lover of females). Aug 29, 2016 at 20:43
  • @JanusBahsJacquet: Yeah, I was wondering about mentioning that too, but I guess it would have to be "woman lover" (or for the plural, "women lovers") in that case.
    – herisson
    Aug 29, 2016 at 20:44

7 Answers 7


How about philogynist?

philogynist: a lover or friend of women.

  • Or the other way around, if you put the gyne- first.
    – tchrist
    May 17, 2014 at 13:11
  • @tchrust. I thought about that one. But it was a bit too close to Barmar's answer.
    – Elian
    May 17, 2014 at 13:18

It's not a common word, but gynophile appears to fit.


Philogynist (n. A lover or friend of women; one who esteems woman as the higher type of humanity; -- opposed to misogynist.) is the first result on the Writers' Reverse Dictionary.

Words that mean "women lover" are philogynist, agapet, mistress, don juan, lawrence, baby, cap, cicisbeo, electra, eros, gallant, gigolo, lady, philander, and philanderer. - Words that mean "women lover" - Writers' Reverse Dictionary

  • You might want to look before you leap. Philogynist was given as an answer over two years ago. We prefer not to get duplicate answers; the fact that you provided a slightly longer definition doesn't really make this a worthy answer. And look at what you copied: mistress, baby, eros and lady don't fit the question. "Don Juan" might be a good answer (or maybe not; I haven't researched it); if you believe that it is, you might want to edit your question to focus on that. Aug 29, 2016 at 20:31
  • The main purpose of this answer is to provide substantiation and a means to help others help themselves with the tool provided. The tool's results page usually has a few good results at the beginning and the rest is gibberish. If you suggest that I should take the gibberish out I could, but it may be helpful to others who aren't looking for one specific word.
    – John
    Aug 29, 2016 at 20:34
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    @Scott: The question is so vague and cryptic that John's list is probably actually useful. It's hard to tell what would or wouldn't fit. It adds a lot of stuff that's not in Elian's answer.
    – herisson
    Aug 29, 2016 at 20:35

Rarely used these days... Lothario.

Lothario: a man whose chief interest is seducing women


A red-blooded male is a common colloquialism.

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    Could you have a red-blooded sapphist? May 17, 2014 at 11:58

I'm thinking of a word that would be alliterative of "genius" and also indicate an extreme infatuation with women. So, I thought of linking two words "gyne" and "maniac" and came up with a "gynemaniac," but I don't find it anywhere as a word.


"Straight"(slang) a man is called this way if his only desire are women, and a man has free will to love as much women as he can.

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    Straight does not work if we're talking about a female woman-lover. Also, no matter how macho one might be, women is a plural (not a non-count collective) in English, and you must therefore say as many women, not *as much women. May 17, 2014 at 13:51

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