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pamper

[pam-per] /ˈpæm pər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to treat or gratify with extreme or excessive indulgence, kindness, or care:
to pamper a child; to pamper one's stomach.
2.
Archaic. to overfeed, especially with very rich food; glut.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
1. humor, coddle, baby, spoil.
Antonyms
1. discipline.
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  • They are pampered and protected from every little conflict that arises.
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  • 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

pamper

/ˈpæmpə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to treat with affectionate and usually excessive indulgence; coddle; spoil
2.
(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
adj.

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

pamper

v.

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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