pander

If a campaigning politician wants to pander to a crowd of pet owners, he might deliver a speech while embracing his own pet poodle. To pander is to appease or gratify, and often in a negative, self-serving way.

The word pander began its infamous history as the name of various characters. Pandaro was a character in Boccaccio’s Filostrato. Pandarus was a character in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, as well as in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida. These literary works all tell the tale of star-crossed lovers, and the namesake of pander is, essentially, a go-between whose motives don't seem entirely pure.

Primary Meanings of pander

1.
vn
arrange for sexual partners for others
someone who procures customers for whores (in England they call a pimp a ponce)
2.
v
yield (to); give satisfaction to
Full Definitions of pander
1

v arrange for sexual partners for others

Type of:
cater, ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

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

Type of:
offender, wrongdoer
a person who transgresses moral or civil law
2

v yield (to); give satisfaction to

Synonyms:
gratify, indulge
Types:
humor, humour
put into a good mood
spree
engage without restraint in an activity and indulge, as when shopping
sow one's oats, sow one's wild oats
live promiscuously and self-indulgently
Type of:
cater, ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance