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

transitive verb

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


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of pamper was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pamper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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pam·​per ˈpam-pər How to pronounce pamper (audio)
pampered; pampering -p(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce pamper (audio)
: to treat with too much care and attention

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