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

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pamperer \ ˈpam-​pər-​ər How to pronounce pamper (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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Recent Examples on the Web The modern idea of a vanity began to take shape in the 1700s with the rise of commissions by the wealthy to create extraordinary stations where people could prepare and pamper themselves. Christian Vasquez, Dallas News, "Luxury relic of 1900 Paris World’s Fair gets a modern update from artist Chris Schanck," 11 Feb. 2021 Buy some luxury bath items to can pamper each other in the shower or during a bath. Lauren Levy, NBC News, "Valentine's Day 2021: Best ways to celebrate during a pandemic," 9 Feb. 2021 Plus, DUDE Wipes are unscented and contain naturally soothing aloe vera and vitamin E to pamper your behind. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "20 personal care products designed specifically for men," 8 Oct. 2020 The 20-way adjustable seats provide plenty of options to dial in just the right driving position, but our tester's thrones lacked the $1000 massage function to pamper our backsides. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 BMW 540i Embraces Comfort, and Maybe That's Okay," 16 Dec. 2020 These are the front-line pros who face long days filled with uncertainty, so now is the time to give back with a little something to pamper and put a small on someone’s face. David Syrek,, "10 great gifts for nurses and caregivers," 11 Dec. 2020 So while these devices aren’t miraculous facial tools, a roller like the one from MDNA can make a luxurious gift for people who like to pamper their skin (or spend all day clenching their jaws). Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "Skincare gifts that are actually worth the splurge," 17 Nov. 2020 With major brands, including Brooklinen, Tarte Cosmetics, ASOS and more dropping huge discounts, Singles' Day 2020 really feels like an excuse to pamper yourself. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "13 of the best Singles' Day 2020 sales to shop for 2020," 11 Nov. 2020 Want to pamper yourself without leaving your house? Amanda Tarlton And Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "15 popular self-care products under $30," 3 Nov. 2020

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

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22 Feb 2021

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“Pamper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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