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pander

verb pan·der \ ˈpan-dər \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of pander

pandered; pandering play \ˈpan-d(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
: to act as a pander; especially : to provide gratification for others' desires
  • films that pander to the basest emotions
  • … used his brilliant gifts to pander to popular taste.
  • —Hubert Saal

panderer

play \ˈpan-dər-ər\ noun

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Distinctive Meanings of procure

Procure, like many other English words, has a split personality. On the one hand, it may carry a perfectly benign meaning, such as "to obtain" (“she procured supplies”) or "to bring about" (“the settlement was successfully procured”). On the other hand, it has long been used in the specific sense of obtaining someone for, or bringing about, sexually promiscuous purposes. In this regard it is similar to the word pander, which entered the English language with the innocent meaning “a go-between in love intrigues” (the word comes from the name Pandare, a character in Chaucer’s poem Troilus and Criseyde who facilitates the affair between the titular characters), and soon after took on the meaning “pimp.”

First Known Use of pander

1523


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pander

noun

Definition of pander

1 a : a go-between in love intrigues
b : pimp
2 : someone who caters to or exploits the weaknesses of others

Examples of pander in a Sentence

  1. an arrest record that revealed that he had variously been a pander, a pickpocket, and a drug dealer

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Origin and Etymology of pander

Middle English Pandare Pandarus, from Latin Pandarus

pander Synonyms

Synonyms
cadet [slang], fancy man, pimp, procurer
Related Words
mack daddy [slang]; white slaver

PANDER Defined for English Language Learners

pander

verb

Definition of pander for English Language Learners

  • : to do or provide what someone wants or demands even though it is not proper, good, or reasonable


Law Dictionary

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pander

transitive verb pan·der \ ˈpan-dər \

legal Definition of pander

: to sell or distribute by pandering
  • had no protected right to pander prurient materials
  • Dunigan Enterprises v. DA for the Northern District, 415 N.E.2d 251 (1981)
intransitive verb
: to engage in pandering
  • counts included…conspiracy to pander and receive the earnings of a prostitute
  • State v. Tocco, 750 P.2d 874 (1988)

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pander

noun

legal Definition of pander

: one who engages in pandering : panderer

Origin and Etymology of pander

Middle English Pandare, character who procured for Troilus the love of Cressida in Troilus and Creseyde, poem by Geoffrey Chaucer (ca. 1342–1400)


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