- To pamper is to spoil or indulge.
An example of pamper is when you spoil your child and cater to his or her every whim and need.
A pampered baby girl.
- Obsolete to feed too much; gratify to excess; glut
- to be overindulgent with; give in easily to the wishes of; coddle: to pamper a child
Origin of pamperMiddle English pampren ; from Low German source, akin to Flemish pampren in the same sense
transitive verbpam·pered, pam·per·ing, pam·pers
- To treat with excessive indulgence: pampered their child.
- To give in to; gratify: He pampered his ambition for wealth and fame.
- Archaic To indulge with rich food; glut.
Origin of pamperMiddle English pamperen, probably of Low German origin.
(third-person singular simple present pampers, present participle pampering, simple past and past participle pampered)
From Middle English pamperen (“to cram with food”), from Middle Dutch *pamperen (“to cram with food”), frequentative of *pampen (“to stuff”), from Proto-Germanic *pamp- (“to swell”), from Proto-Indo-European *bamb- (“round object”), equivalent to pamp + -er. Cognate with Middle Low German pampen (“to stuff oneself”), German dialectal pampfen (“to cram”), Danish dialectal pampe (“to boast, brag”).