• WordNet 3.6
    • v pamper treat with excessive indulgence "grandparents often pamper the children","Let's not mollycoddle our students!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Victor Mills, an inventor with Proctor & Gamble, invented the disposable diaper in 1961 because he didn't want to deal with his daughter's soiled (crapped) diapers. You know them as Pampers.
    • Pamper To feed to the full; to feed luxuriously; to glut; as, to pamper the body or the appetite. "A body . . . pampered for corruption."
    • Pamper To gratify inordinately; to indulge to excess; as, to pamper pride; to pamper the imagination.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The social life in ants and termites has been accompanied by an extraordinary royal perk: a 100-fold increase among queen ants in average maximum lifespan, with some queens surviving for almost 30 years. This longevity can be attributed in part to the sheltered and pampered life of the royal egg layer.
    • pamper 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.
    • pamper To indulge one's self.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Pamper pam′pėr to feed with fine food: to gratify to the full: to glut
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  • William Hazlitt
    “Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.”
  • Horace
    “Youth is unduly busy with pampering the outer person.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LG. pampen, slampampen, to live luxuriously, pampe, thick pap, and E. pap,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A freq. from pamp, a nasalised form of pap; cf. Low Ger. pampenpampe, pap.


In literature:

She was the one you and my daughter used to pamper, in the steerage.
"Little Miss Grouch" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
It feeds and pampers its hateful handmaid, prejudice.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
How many of the selfish, pampered ones amount to a row of pins?
"Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge" by Pemberton Ginther
So Ringtail became a prisoner of war, though, it must be confessed, a very pampered one.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
He does not believe in pampering children, but in making them self-reliant.
"American Boy's Life of Theodore Roosevelt" by Edward Stratemeyer
She is a brave little woman, and could teach many a pampered and helpless one lessons of great usefulness and patience.
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
Yet for my quiet it was necessary that it suffer so cruelly, the scented, pampered body, and no mark be left upon it!
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
Americans thought he was pampering the French.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Or perhaps we killed it with unseasonable pampering.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
The heifer should not be pampered, nor yet poorly fed or half starved, so as to receive a check in her growth.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings

In poetry:

Spare diet is my fare,
My clothes more fit than fine;
I know I feed and clothe a foe,
That pamper'd would repine.
"Content and Rich" by Robert Southwell
"In his youth my youth renewing
Pamper, fondle, die to serve him,
Only breathing through his spirit—
Couldst thou not love such a father?"
"Don Pedrillo" by Emma Lazarus
"Midst soulless forms, and false pretence
Of spiritual pride and pampered sense,
A voice saith, 'What is that to thee?
Be true thyself, and follow Me!
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
No frowning care yon blest apartment sees,
There sleep retires, and finds a couch of ease.
Kind dreams, that fly remorse, and pamper'd wealth,
There shed the smiles of innocence and health.
"The Wanderer: A Vision: Canto I" by Richard Savage
And oft with the dear names of mother and wife,
Entrusted by Heaven with the mind and the life
Of your children, a household, to care for and serve,
You pamper the foe while they shiver and starve.
"Temperance Warfare" by Janet Hamilton
This is the way things stand now:
if I pull out the stopper
after pampering myself in the bath,
I'm afraid that all of Jerusalem, and with it the whole world,
will drain out into the huge darkness.
"You Mustn't Show Weakness" by Yehuda Amichai

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It is time to treat yourself, and the Pink and Pampered event at McLaren Cancer Institute Clarkston is the place to go, Oct 18, 5-8 p.m.
He says men don't like spas because they don't like to be pampered .
He says women do love the attention — and there's a bonus with spas: When pampering is a straightforward market transaction women don't feel guilty about getting pampered .
And I don't really I think important is to pamper yourself to maybe make a resolution about that.
Even when it's dinner for one Colin believes the key to living well is to pamper yourself.