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[pam-per] /ˈpæm pər/
verb (used with object)
to treat or gratify with extreme or excessive indulgence, kindness, or care:
to pamper a child; to pamper one's stomach.
Archaic. to overfeed, especially with very rich food; glut.
Origin of pamper
1350-1400; Middle English pamperen < Middle Dutch; compare Dutch dialect pamperen
Related forms
pamperedly, adverb
pamperedness, noun
pamperer, noun
overpamper, verb (used with object)
self-pampered, adjective
self-pampering, adjective
unpampered, adjective
1. humor, coddle, baby, spoil.
1. discipline. Unabridged
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  • You are pampering me here, and to pamper an invalid is bad; it keeps him an invalid.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • She was the one you and my daughter used to pamper, in the steerage.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Let your needs rule you, pamper them—you will see them multiply like insects in the sun.

    The Simple Life Charles Wagner
  • The besetting temptation of the free lance is to pamper himself.

    If You Don't Write Fiction Charles Phelps Cushing
  • He likes to be consulted, and I pamper him as much as possible in all unessential details.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • To legislate for the state, to the ruin of the man, is to pamper the body, and kill the soul.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • But to pamper and pet the enemy—as though they'd dare to say a word about a petty gas-bracket!

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • Theresa, you know I treat my tenants like human beings, but you want to pamper them.

    Yonder Emily Hilda Young
  • The hopes and the gratitude of patients combine to pamper them.

British Dictionary definitions for pamper


verb (transitive)
to treat with affectionate and usually excessive indulgence; coddle; spoil
(archaic) to feed to excess
Derived Forms
pamperer, noun
Word Origin
C14: of Germanic origin; compare German dialect pampfen to gorge oneself
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Word Origin and History for pamper

late 14c., "to cram with food," probably from Middle Dutch (cf. West Flemish pamperen "cram with food, overindulge;" dialectal German pampen "to cram"), probably from frequentative of root of pap (n.1). Meaning "to overindulge" first attested 1520s. Related: Pampered; pampering.

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