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[pam-per] /ˈpæm pər/
verb (used with object)
to treat or gratify with extreme or excessive indulgence, kindness, or care:
to pamper a child; to pamper one's stomach.
Archaic. to overfeed, especially with very rich food; glut.
1350-1400; Middle English pamperen < Middle Dutch; compare Dutch dialect pamperen
Related forms
pamperedly, adverb
pamperedness, noun
pamperer, noun
overpamper, verb (used with object)
self-pampered, adjective
self-pampering, adjective
unpampered, adjective
1. humor, coddle, baby, spoil.
1. discipline. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pampered
  • They are pampered and protected from every little conflict that arises.
  • Urban white-collar workers, for years pampered by double-digit growth, speak of shrinking bonuses and frozen wages.
  • The élite will insist on being pampered on board and happily pay for it.
  • Boys are pampered at home by their mothers and expect the same treatment-no nappy-changing, no washing up-later from their wives.
  • There's every reason to believe they'd continue to function as a powerful, pampered political faction.
  • For all but a pampered and lucky few life really is nasty, brutish, and short.
  • There's a mystical, magical quality that comes with being pampered high in the mountains in the middle of the dark woods.
  • From the potatoes and the popcorn, the family rush to the turnips they have pampered with the family mussel mud.
  • If you prefer to be pampered, visit one of four nearby spas.
  • Vacationers can be pampered with soothing spa treatments.
British Dictionary definitions for pampered


verb (transitive)
to treat with affectionate and usually excessive indulgence; coddle; spoil
(archaic) to feed to excess
Derived Forms
pamperer, noun
Word Origin
C14: of Germanic origin; compare German dialect pampfen to gorge oneself
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Word Origin and History for pampered

1520s, "over-fed," past participle adjective from pamper. Meaning "spoiled by luxury" is from 1690s.



late 14c., "to cram with food," probably from Middle Dutch (cf. West Flemish pamperen "cram with food, overindulge;" dialectal German pampen "to cram"), probably from frequentative of root of pap (n.1). Meaning "to overindulge" first attested 1520s. Related: Pampered; pampering.

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