Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary


verb pam·per \ˈpam-pər\

Simple Definition of pamper

  • : to treat (someone or something) very well : to give (someone or something) a lot of attention and care

Full Definition of pamper

pam·peredpam·per·ing play \-p(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to cram with rich food :  glut

  3. 2 a :  to treat with extreme or excessive care and attention <pampered their guests> b :  gratify, humor <enabled him to pamper his wanderlust — New Yorker>

pam·per·er play \-pər-ər\ noun

Examples of pamper

  1. They really pamper their guests at that hotel.

  2. She pampered herself with a day at the spa.

  3. He was pampered all his life and doesn't know how to function in the real world.

Origin of pamper

Middle English, probably of Dutch origin; akin to Dutch dialect pamperen to pamper

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of pamper

indulge, pamper, humor, spoil, baby, mollycoddle mean to show undue favor to a person's desires and feelings. indulge implies excessive compliance and weakness in gratifying another's or one's own desires <indulged myself with food at the slightest excuse>. pamper implies inordinate gratification of desire for luxury and comfort with consequent enervating effect <pampered by the amenities of modern living>. humor stresses a yielding to a person's moods or whims <humored him by letting him tell the story>. spoil stresses the injurious effects on character by indulging or pampering <foolish parents spoil their children>. baby suggests excessive care, attention, or solicitude <babying students by grading too easily>. mollycoddle suggests an excessive degree of care and attention to another's health or welfare <refused to mollycoddle her malingering son>.

Rhymes with pamper

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pamper? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


February 13, 2016

a trying or distressing experience

Get Word of the Day daily email!


Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!


How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

196.5 pounds 100 pounds 16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.