pam·​per | \ˈpam-pər \
pampered; pampering\ ˈpam-​p(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of pamper 

transitive verb

1 archaic : to cram with rich food : glut

2a : 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

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Other Words from pamper

pamperer \ ˈpam-​pər-​ər \ 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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Coming to the White Barn Inn, being our guest, and allowing us to pamper you in our relaxing spa, dining in our five-star restaurant, is certainly a celebration of life. Micaela English, Town & Country, "This Charming Maine Inn Has An Entire Weekend Dedicated To Champagne," 7 Aug. 2017 There, on your temporary throne, you are clipped and pampered by intimate hands. Jacques Kelly,, "Capital Gazette victim Rob Hiaasen remembered as a writer with a deft and gentle touch," 1 July 2018 President Trump’s penchant for pummeling allies while pampering adversaries was perversely apparent in the last few days. Trudy Rubin,, "Trump pummels G-7 democratic allies but loves autocrats | Trudy Rubin," 8 June 2018 To appease Mr Trump, Mr Trudeau may have to pamper farmers less, which is a good idea anyway but politically perilous. The Economist, "Donald Trump stomps on Canada’s economy," 14 June 2018 Guests can also choose to relax in their rooms with a stunning array of amenities and services to pamper them, including attentive concierge service., "Feed your bones with these crucial foods," 1 Apr. 2018 Obviously, this pet supply chain encourages employees to pamper their pets and bring their dogs them to work. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Today Is Take Your Dog to Work Day. But at These 10 Companies, Dogs Are Always Welcome," 22 June 2018 Charles' charity work, however, has not helped him shed a reputation for being pampered and out of touch with ordinary life. NBC News, "Popular Princes Harry and William overshadow Prince Charles," 30 Jan. 2018 And Goreski made the most of his downtime, pampering at the pool with his Joanna Vargas face mask in 2017. Colleen Kratofil,, "Katy Perry's Time-Saving Skincare Hack? Wear Your Face Mask Out in Public," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of pamper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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 \
pampered; pampering

Kids Definition of pamper

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

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obstinately defiant of authority

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