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 formspam·pered·ly, adverbpam·pered·ness, nounpam·per·er, nouno·ver·pam·per, verb (used with object)self-pam·pered, adjectiveself-pam·per·ing, adjectiveun·pam·pered, adjective

Synonyms for pamper

Antonyms for pamper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pampered

Contemporary Examples of pampered

Historical Examples of pampered

  • 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?

  • 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


verb (tr)

to treat with affectionate and usually excessive indulgence; coddle; spoil
archaic to feed to excess
Derived Formspamperer, noun

Word Origin for pamper

C14: of Germanic origin; compare German dialect pampfen to gorge oneself
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Word Origin and History for pampered

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



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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