• (RP) IPA: /ˈpændə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈpændɚ/
  • (non-rhotic accents) homophones en

pander (plural panders)

  1. A person who furthers the illicit love-affairs of others; a pimp or procurer.
    Synonyms: panderer, Thesaurus:pimp
    • 1992, Moncrieff/Kilmartin/Enright, translating Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way, Folio Society 2005, p. 190:
      It was not only the brilliant phalanx of virtuous dowagers, generals and academicians with whom he was most intimately associated that Swann so cynically compelled to serve him as panders.
  2. An offer of illicit sex with a third party.
  3. An illicit or illegal offer, usually to tempt.
  4. (by extension) One who ministers to the evil designs and passions of another.
    • Those wicked panders to avarice and ambition.

pander (panders, present participle pandering; past and past participle pandered)

  1. (intransitive) To offer illicit sex with a third party; to pimp.
  2. (intransitive) To tempt with, to appeal or cater to (improper motivations, etc.); to assist in gratification.
    His latest speech panders to the worst instincts of the electorate.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To act as a pander for (somebody).
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