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


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

Middle English Pandare, Pandarus, from Old Italian Pandaro, from Latin Pandarus, from Greek Pandaros.

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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).



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    February 14, 2016

  • 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