- 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
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Examples from the Web for pamper
Will it be some men who wait at home to pamper a wife back from a long day in the salt mines?‘The Richer Sex’: How Women Became the New Breadwinners
March 20, 2012
You are pampering me here, and to pamper an invalid is bad; it keeps him an invalid.The Lion's Skin
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
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
- to treat with affectionate and usually excessive indulgence; coddle; spoil
- archaic to feed to excess
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.