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From Chaucer’s character Pandare (in Troilus and Criseyde), from Italian Pandaro (found in Boccaccio), from Latin Pandarus, from Ancient Greek Πάνδαρος (Pándaros). (See also Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida.)



pandar (plural pandars)

  1. (obsolete) A person who furthers the illicit love-affairs of others; a pimp or procurer, especially when male.
    • 1609, Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act 3:
      if ever you prove false one, to another since I have taken such paine to bring you together let all pittifull goers betweene be cald to the worlds end after my name, call them all Panders, let all constant men be Troylusses all false woemen Cressids, and all brokers betweene panders


pandar (third-person singular simple present pandars, present participle pandaring, simple past and past participle pandared)

  1. To pander (assist in the gratification of).
    • 1795, Paul Dunvan, Ancient and Modern History of Lewes and Brighthelmston, page 397,
      That degenerate aſſembly even pandared to the libidinous epicuriſm of this many-wived tyrant; and outraged, at his command, the rights of decorum, of juſtice, and of nature.
    • 1827, Law of Libel—State of the Press, The Quarterly Review, Volume 35, London, page 608,
      [] not to be confounded by all the efforts of interested writers, who would abuse the valuable immunities of the press to the wretched purposes of venal detraction, and a lucrative pandaring to the morbid tastes of the public.
    • 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, Volume 2, 1858, page 456,
      He had, during many years, earned his daily bread by pandaring to the vicious taste of the pit, and by grossly flattering rich and noble patrons.

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  1. first-person singular future passive indicative of pandō