pam·​per | \ ˈpam-pər How to pronounce pamper (audio) \
pampered; pampering\ ˈpam-​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce pampering (audio) \

Definition of pamper

transitive verb

1a : to treat with extreme or excessive care and attention pampered their guests pamper a pet
b : gratify, humor enabled him to pamper his wanderlustNew Yorker
2 archaic : to cram with rich food : glut

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pamperer \ ˈpam-​pər-​ər How to pronounce pamperer (audio) \ noun

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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

Examples of pamper in a Sentence

They really pamper their guests at that hotel. She pampered herself with a day at the spa. He was pampered all his life and doesn't know how to function in the real world.
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To really pamper yourself, try the Colorado Wild Rose Cure body treatment ($395), which includes a warm lavender compress, a rose oil and wildflower body scrub, a chamomile bath with flower petals, a full-body massage and a body wrap. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Serious self-care: A guide to Colorado’s must-visit spas," 30 July 2019 For the dad who pampers his skin: Facial moisturizer Get the Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Moisturizer for Men on Sephora for $35 6. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "The 25 best Father’s Day gifts of 2019," 3 June 2019 Of course, everybody loved me and pampered me as the youngest, and also as the little sister. Svetlana Alexievich, Vox, "“They lay pink on the cinders”," 12 July 2019 From top tools to aftercare, Essie's Global Lead Educator, Rita Remark walked us through all the must-do's to pamper your toes properly. Katherine Fung, Good Housekeeping, "How to DIY a Spa-Like Pedicure at Home," 27 June 2019 The strong stock market debut for online pet supplies retailer Chewy earlier this month is another sign of how Americans love to pamper their pooches and kitties. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Bad news for General Mills: People splurge on pet food but not snacks for themselves," 26 June 2019 Keeping pets is hardly novel; nor is pampering them. The Economist, "Pet-ownership is booming across the world," 22 June 2019 The actress and her A-list friends, including Cameron Diaz and Lake Bell, hiked, bonded, and were pampered here in 2018. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "5 Luxury Destinations for a Mother-Daughter Trip," 9 May 2019 Spend quiet time soaking and pampering yourself with Alien Moisturizing Shower Milk. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Aquarius Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of pamper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for pamper

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

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English Language Learners Definition of pamper

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


pam·​per | \ ˈpam-pər How to pronounce pamper (audio) \
pampered; pampering

Kids Definition of pamper

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

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