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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pimp, procurer, panderer, pander, pandar, fancy man, ponceverb

    someone who procures customers for whores (in England they call a pimp a ponce)

  2. gratify, pander, indulgeverb

    yield (to); give satisfaction to

  3. pander, pimp, procureverb

    arrange for sexual partners for others


  1. pandernoun

    A person who furthers the illicit love-affairs of others; a pimp or procurer, especially when male. (Later panderer.)

  2. pandernoun

    An offer of illicit sex with a third party.

  3. pandernoun

    An illicit or illegal offer, usually to tempt.

  4. panderverb

    To offer illicit sex with a third party; to pimp.

  5. panderverb

    To tempt with, to appeal or cater to (improper motivations etc.); to assist in the gratification of.

    His latest speech simply seems to pander to the worst instincts of the electorate.

  6. Etymology: From Chaucer's character w:Pandarus (in Troilus and Criseyde), from w:Pandarus (found in Boccaccio), from w:Pandarus, from Πάνδαρος. (See also Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PANDERnoun

    A pimp; a male bawd; a procurer.

    Etymology: This word is derived from Pandarus, the pimp in the story of Troilus and Cressida; it was therefore originally written pandar, till its etymology was forgotten.

    Let him with his cap in hand,
    Like a base pander, hold the chamber door
    Whilst by a slave
    His fairest daughter is contaminated. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.

    If thou fear to strike, and to make me certain it is done, thou art the pander to her dishonour, and equally to me disloyal. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    If ever you prove false to one another, since I have taken such pains to bring you together, let all pitiful goers-between be call’d panders after my name. William Shakespeare, Troil and Cressida.

    Camillo was his help in this, his pander,
    There is a plot against my life. William Shakespeare, Wint. Tale.

    The sons of happy Punks, the pander’s heir,
    Are privileged
    To clap the first, and rule the theatre. Dryden.

    Thou hast confess’d thyself the conscious pandar
    Of that pretended passion;
    A single witness infamously known,
    Against two persons of unquestion’d fame. Dryden.

    My obedient honesty was made
    The pander to thy lust and black ambition. Nicholas Rowe.

  2. To Panderverb

    To pimp; to be subservient to lust or passion.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Proclaim no shame,
    When the compulsive ardour gives the charge,
    Since first itself as actively doth burn,
    And reason panders will. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.


  1. pander

    Pander generally refers to the act of catering to or indulging in someone's weaknesses, faults, desires, or vices, often in order to gain favor, attention, or personal advantages. This may involve manipulative behaviors that appease or satisfy such desires without consideration for the negative effects or consequences. Originally, the term was specific to the act of facilitating immoral or illicit activities, such as prostitution, but its meaning has broadened over time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pandernoun

    a male bawd; a pimp; a procurer

  2. Pandernoun

    hence, one who ministers to the evil designs and passions of another

  3. Panderverb

    to play the pander for

  4. Panderverb

    to act the part of a pander

  5. Etymology: [From Pandarus, a leader in the Trojan army, who is represented by Chaucer and Shakespeare as having procured for Troilus the possession of Cressida.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pander

    pan′dėr, n. one who procures for another the means of gratifying his passions: a pimp.—v.t. to play the pander for.—v.i. to act as a pander: to minister to the passions.—ns. Pan′derage, act, employment, or vices of a pander; Pan′deress, a procuress; Pan′derism, the employment or practices of a pander.—adjs. Pan′derly (Shak.), acting as a pander; Pan′derous. [Pandarus, the pimp in the story of Troilus and Cressida in the versions of Boccaccio (Filostrato), Chaucer, and Shakespeare.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pander is ranked #80678 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pander surname appeared 235 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Pander.

    91.4% or 215 total occurrences were White.
    5.1% or 12 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pander in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pander in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Pander in a Sentence

  1. George Du Maurier:

    Sick I am of idle words, past all reconciling, Words that weary and perplex and pander and conceal, Wake the sounds that cannot lie, for all their sweet beguiling The language one need fathom not, but only hear and feel.

  2. Richard Land:

    Parts of the business community will continue to pander to the loudest voice until they meet opposition, and they'd better be prepared to meet some opposition, because there are millions and millions of evangelical Christians in America and they have a choice about who they do business with.

  3. Ariana Rowlands:

    They’ll pander to the minority to the detriment of the majority.

  4. Megan Campbell:

    As a Libra with Libra rising I'm torn : on the one hand I like being pandered to ; on the other hand there will be no one left to pander to me after Facebook destroys the world.

  5. Victoria Dooley:

    So here comes Sen. Bernie Sanders, and he says that black lives matter so much to him that he is the only candidate who believes that we all deserve health insurance our whole damn lives, victoria Dooley see Bernie Sanders is not here to pander, Bernie Sanders's here to provide answers. Answers to the problems that we are suffering in this community.

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Translations for Pander

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  • قوادArabic
  • Zuhälterin, Kupplerin, Kuppler, verkuppeln, an etw. appelieren, ZuhälterGerman
  • alcahueteSpanish
  • parittaa, vedota, parittaja, paritusFinnish
  • बढ़ावा देनाHindi
  • assecondare, fare il magnaccia, fare da mezzano, compiacereItalian
  • סַרְסוּרHebrew
  • パンダーJapanese
  • pooier, koppelen, aan, verwijzen naar, denken, doen, ietsDutch
  • потворствовать, потакать, сводник, сутенёр, сводничатьRussian
  • పాండర్Telugu
  • hilupärodan, lupärodan, jilupärodanVolapük
  • 迎合Chinese

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