noun Also, panderer.
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.

1325–75; earlier pandar(e), generalized use of Middle English name Pandare Pandarus

panderage, noun
panderingly, adverb
panderism, noun
panderly, adjective

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pander (ˈpændə)
vb (foll by to)
1.  to give gratification (to weaknesses or desires)
2.  (archaic when tr) to act as a go-between in a sexual intrigue (for)
3.  a person who caters for vulgar desires, esp in order to make money
4.  a person who procures a sexual partner for another; pimp
[C16 (n): from PandarePandarus]

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Word Origin & History

"arranger of sexual liaisons, one who supplies another with the means of gratifying lust," 1520s, "procurer, pimp," from M.E. Pandare (late 14c.), used by Chaucer ("Troylus and Cryseyde"), who borrowed it from Boccaccio (who had it in It. form Pandaro in "Filostrato") as name of the prince who procured
the love of Cressida (his niece in Chaucer, his cousin in Boccaccio) for Troilus. The story and the name are of medieval invention. Spelling influenced by agent suffix -er. The verb meaning "to indulge, to minister to base passions" is first recorded c.1600.
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Pander Pan·der (pän'dər), 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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Example sentences
However, the politicians figure they could get themselves re-elected by pandering to greens and lobbyists.
Pandering to social misinformation in media is what needs to be regulated, not personal choice.
As has been reported in this blog already, politicians are feeling the heat from drivers, and are shamelessly pandering to them.
Right, but certain changes may only be pandering to the public at large, or to political correctness.
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