noun Also pan·der·er.

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.

verb (used without object)

to act as a pander; cater basely: to pander to the vile tastes of vulgar persons.

verb (used with object)

to act as a pander for.

Origin of pander

1325–75; earlier pandar(e), generalized use of Middle English name Pandare Pandarus
Related formspan·der·age, nounpan·der·ing·ly, adverbpan·der·ism, nounpan·der·ly, adjective
Can be confusedpanda pander Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pander

satisfy, gratify, please, snow, stroke, cajole, soap, massage, politic

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Contemporary Examples of pander

Historical Examples of pander

  • But, sir, surely you would not pander to a scoundrelly taste?


    George Borrow

  • But we for our part shall not pander either to the force-worshippers or to the masses.

    The New Society

    Walther Rathenau

  • Does he not pander to my every fancy, and procure me whatever I momentarily desire?

    Man and Maid

    Elinor Glyn

  • The world,” said Sara, “in the long run, despises those who pander to it.

    Robert Orange

    John Oliver Hobbes

  • But art should not seek to pander to our ignorance; art should represent only truths.


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for pander



(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)

noun Also: panderer

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 for pander

C16 (n): from Pandare Pandarus
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Word Origin and History for pander

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pander in Medicine


[pändər]Christian Heinrich 1794-1865

Russian-born German anatomist and pioneer embryologist. With Karl Ernst von Baer he discovered the distinct structural layers of the chick embryo.
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