Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To act as a go-between or liaison in sexual intrigues; function as a procurer.
  • intransitive v. To cater to the lower tastes and desires of others or exploit their weaknesses: "He refused to pander to nostalgia and escapism” ( New York Times).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who furthers the illicit love-affairs of others; a pimp or procurer, especially when male. (Later panderer.)
  • n. An offer of illicit sex with a third party.
  • n. An illicit or illegal offer, usually to tempt.
  • v. To offer illicit sex with a third party; to pimp.
  • v. To tempt with, to appeal or cater to (improper motivations etc.); to assist in the gratification of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A male bawd; a pimp; a procurer.
  • n. Hence, one who ministers to the evil designs and passions of another.
  • intransitive v. To act the part of a pander.
  • transitive v. To play the pander for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cater for the lusts of others.
  • To minister to others' passions or prejudices for selfish ends.
  • To cater for the gratification of the lusts or passions of; pimp for.
  • n. One who caters for the lusts of others; a male bawd; a pimp or procurer.
  • n. Hence One who ministers to the gratification of any of the baser passions of others.

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

  • v. yield (to); give satisfaction to
  • n. someone who procures customers for whores (in England they call a pimp a ponce)
  • v. arrange for sexual partners for others

Etymologies

Middle English Pandare, Pandarus, from Old Italian Pandaro, from Latin Pandarus, from Greek Pandaros.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Chaucer’s character Pandare (in Troilus and Criseyde), from Italian Pandaro (found in Boccaccio), from Latin Pandarus, from Ancient Greek Πάνδαρος. (See also Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida). (Wiktionary)

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  • Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4:
    "reason panders will."

    September 2, 2009

  • Origin: 1325–75; earlier pandar(e), generalized use of ME name Pandarus

    October 26, 2007