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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.
Origin of pamper
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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  • The dauphin Louis had not enjoyed the pampered, petted life of his Burgundian cousin.

    Charles the Bold Ruth Putnam
  • Never again will the insatiable thirst of the fire-fiend be so pampered.

  • The great boar whom he loved and hated, pampered and fought.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • They have been petted and pampered by England for more than two hundred years.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • She had been pampered, she had been given her head; and still she was unspoiled.

    Parrot & Co. Harold MacGrath
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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