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pamper

[pam-per] /ˈpæm pər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to treat or gratify with extreme or excessive indulgence, kindness, or care:
to pamper a child; to pamper one's stomach.
2.
Archaic. to overfeed, especially with very rich food; glut.
Origin of pamper
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
1. humor, coddle, baby, spoil.
Antonyms
1. discipline.
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  • Never again will the insatiable thirst of the fire-fiend be so pampered.

  • She was a pampered child, and she expected to have life made very smooth for her.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • A pet to be pampered, a doll to be dressed up and danced on your knee?

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • They have been petted and pampered by England for more than two hundred years.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • If the body is to be pampered, the brain will take its ease.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for pampered

pamper

/ˈpæmpə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to treat with affectionate and usually excessive indulgence; coddle; spoil
2.
(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 pampered
adj.

1520s, "over-fed," past participle adjective from pamper. Meaning "spoiled by luxury" is from 1690s.

pamper

v.

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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