- a person who furnishes clients for a prostitute or supplies persons for illicit sexual intercourse; procurer; pimp.
- a person who caters to or profits from the weaknesses or vices of others.
- a go-between in amorous intrigues.
- to act as a pander; cater basely: to pander to the vile tastes of vulgar persons.
- to act as a pander for.
Origin of pander
Examples from the Web for pandered
Brewer, the newspaper contended, pandered to her base by picking on kids who deserved support instead of mean-spirited bullying.Jan Brewer’s Immigration Backlash Begins
Terry Greene Sterling
December 2, 2012
Michael Tomasky on how Romney pandered to the GOP base and offered no real solutions.Romney's Shallow Speech
October 8, 2011
Others had merely amused his leisure or pandered to his vices.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Prejudices are pandered to in public, which in private are despised.Character
Thus they first created a bad taste, and then pandered to it.
And she pandered to his weakness, smiled upon it as if it were an epic strength.The Guarded Heights
Altogether, the instinct of sex is not pandered to in Oxford.Zuleika Dobson
- (intr foll by to) to give gratification (to weaknesses or desires)
- (archaic when tr) to act as a go-between in a sexual intrigue (for)
- a person who caters for vulgar desires, esp in order to make money
- a person who procures a sexual partner for another; pimp
Word Origin and History for pandered
"arranger of sexual liaisons, one who supplies another with the means of gratifying lust," 1520s, "procurer, pimp," from Middle English Pandare (late 14c.), used by Chaucer ("Troylus and Cryseyde"), who borrowed it from Boccaccio (who had it in Italian form Pandaro in "Filostrato") as name of the prince (Greek Pandaros), who procured the love of Cressida (his niece in Chaucer, his cousin in Boccaccio) for Troilus. The story and the name are medieval inventions. Spelling influenced by agent suffix -er.
"to indulge (another), to minister to base passions," c.1600, from pander (n.). Related: Pandered; pandering.
- Russian-born German anatomist and pioneer embryologist. With Karl Ernst von Baer he discovered the distinct structural layers of the chick embryo.