American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To act as a go-between or liaison in sexual intrigues; function as a procurer.
- 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).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- 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. 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. intransitive To offer illicit sex with a third party; to pimp.
- v. intransitive To tempt with, to appeal or cater to (improper motivations etc.); to assist in the gratification of.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A male bawd; a pimp; a procurer.
- n. Hence, one who ministers to the evil designs and passions of another.
- v. To play the pander for.
- v. To act the part of a pander.
- 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
- 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)
- Middle English Pandare, Pandarus, from Old Italian Pandaro, from Latin Pandarus, from Greek Pandaros. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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