Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • Whilst it is most important that nothing should be done to give colour to the idea sedulously promoted by the Hindu politician that Government intend to favour, or, as he generally puts it, to "pamper," the

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  • A couple of local businesses are trying to provide options for parents to "pamper" their babies and go green at the same time.

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  • "When big schools come and you visit, they show you what they are made of and they kind of pamper you, and it's nice to have big schools fighting over you, so it's made me love it."

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