[ pan-der ]
/ ˈpæn dər /

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 forms

pan·der·age, nounpan·der·ing·ly, adverbpan·der·ism, nounpan·der·ly, adjective

Can be confused

panda pander Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pander


/ (ˈpændə) /


(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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Medicine definitions for pander


[ 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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