from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To treat with excessive indulgence: pampered their child.
- transitive v. To give in to; gratify: He pampered his ambition for wealth and fame.
- transitive v. Archaic To indulge with rich food; glut.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To treat with excessive care, attention or indulgence.
- v. To feed luxuriously.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To feed to the full; to feed luxuriously; to glut.
- transitive v. To gratify inordinately; to indulge to excess.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To treat luxuriously; indulge with rich food or with luxurious ease and comforts; gratify to the full with whatever delights or ministers to ease and luxurious living.
- To indulge one's self.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. treat with excessive indulgence
Middle English pamperen, probably of Low German origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English pamperen ("to cram with food"), from Middle Dutch *pamperen (“to cram with food”), frequentative of *pampen (“to stuff”), from Proto-Germanic *pampōnan (“to swell”), from Proto-Indo-European *bamb- (“round object”). Cognate with Middle Low German pampen ("to stuff oneself"), German dialectal pampfen ("to cram"), Danish dialectal pampe ("to boast, brag"). (Wiktionary)