verb pam·per \ ˈpam-pər \
Updated on: 17 Feb 2018

Definition of pamper

pampered; pampering play \ˈpam-p(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 archaic : to cram with rich food : glut
2 a : to treat with extreme or excessive care and attention
  • pampered their guests
  • pamper a pet
b : gratify, humor
  • enabled him to pamper his wanderlust
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play \ˈpam-pər-ər\ noun

Examples of pamper in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of pamper

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

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

PAMPER Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of pamper for English Language Learners

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

PAMPER Defined for Kids


verb pam·per \ ˈpam-pər \

Definition of pamper for Students

pampered; pampering
: to treat (someone or something) with great care and attention

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