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

Other Words from pamper

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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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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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“Pamper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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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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