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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Recent Examples on the Web Each one will be groomed and pampered, allowed a few snacks and even a nap or two, and then poked and prodded and allowed to preen. New York Times, "Westminster Dog Show Photos: Ready for Prime Time," 12 Feb. 2020 Dress to Impress Zoolala Boutique is located in a beauty salon in Kingwood, offering customers a chance to pamper and shop in one place. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Last minute Xmas gift ideas: Shop local at these Humble, Kingwood area stores," 16 Dec. 2019 For the one who wants to pamper themselves: Merkur Progress Safety Razor The one gift writer Mark Brezinski can’t recommend enough? Kate Mccarthy, USA TODAY, "15 awesome gifts our editors recommend this year," 30 Oct. 2019 And with today's long list of nail style options, there are a plethora of ways to pamper yourself – and sneak in a little wine on the side., "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Beauty & Wellness winners," 6 Oct. 2019 Aside from pampering options like massages, facials, and beauty treatments, there’s a savasana sound treatment room, as well as a temazcal set to open soon. Stephanie Wu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve: First In," 10 Dec. 2019 There are fantastic places to stay – namely the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui – along with pampering spas, hip bars to watch the sunset, and wonderful restaurants. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "20 warm-weather destinations to visit this winter if you just can't take the cold anymore," 5 Dec. 2019 The answer lies in the meticulous formulations that combine dirt-eliminating, makeup-melting cleansers with impressively pampering hydration that leaves skin refreshingly clean but not over-stripped. Allure, "The 21 Best Facial Cleansers of All Time," 3 Dec. 2019 The tragedy brought her closer to her father, who pampered her and encouraged her independent streak and her love for riding. Joshua Hammer, Town & Country, "The Runaway Princesses of Dubai," 11 Dec. 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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The first known use of pamper was in the 14th century

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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pamper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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