Definition of pamper in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈpampə/


[with object]
Indulge with every attention, comfort, and kindness; spoil: famous people just love being pampered
More example sentences
  • Ishaan is not spoilt even though Shahid pampers him to the core and neither are any of the other kids.
  • I've been lucky enough to indulge myself in some pampering this past month, most of which involved stripping off.
  • Suddenly, though, these spoiled, pampered young men are required to join the military.
spoil, indulge, overindulge, cosset, mollycoddle, coddle, baby, pet, wait on someone hand and foot, cater to someone's every whim, feather-bed, wrap in cotton wool, overparent;
humour, pander to
archaic cocker


Late Middle English (in the sense 'cram with food'): probably of Low German or Dutch origin; compare with German dialect pampfen 'cram, gorge'; perhaps related to pap1.

  • The early sense of pamper was ‘cram with food’, developing the sense' to indulge, spoil' in the mid 16th century. It is probably of Low German or Dutch origin and associated with German dialect pampfen ‘cram, gorge’. It may be related to pap (Late Middle English) probably based on Latin pappare ‘to eat’, describing bland, soft, or semi-liquid food. The old sense of pap for a woman's breast could be from Latin pappilla ‘nipple’ but is more likely from a Scandinavian root imitating the sound of a baby sucking.

Words that rhyme with pamper

camper, damper, hamper, scamper, stamper, Tampa, tamper, tramper

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: pam¦per

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.