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 self-pampered

Historical Examples of self-pampered

  • But the mood passed away before a fresh upwelling of concrete resentment against the self-pampered pair at the Promenade window.

    Ghetto Tragedies

    Israel Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for self-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 self-pampered



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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