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.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpæm.pə(ɹ)/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈpæm.pɚ/, [ˈpɛəm.pɚ]
Audio (New Jersey) (file)
- Rhymes: -æmpə(ɹ)
- (transitive) To treat with excessive care, attention or indulgence.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XIII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
- And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them. Soft heartedness caused more harm than good.
- (dated) To feed luxuriously.
pamper (plural pampers)
- Alternative form of .
- 2002, Mirika Mayo Cornelius, Secret, Akirim Press, →ISBN:
- “[…] And let me get you some more panties. I got all sizes. You look like about a size four,” she comments going to another cabinet. “Now, when you put these on after you wash up and the medicine kicks in, the maxi-pad goes on the inside of your panties on the bottom to catch all that blood coming out of your tail.” She must be crazy. I gotta wear a pamper.
- 2003, Al-Saadiq Banks, Sincerely Yours: The Conclusion, True 2 Life Publications, →ISBN:
- The jacket is his exact size, fitting him just right, but his pants are two sizes too small. They’re hugging him extra tight. His butt is exploding out of them, causing it to look like he’s wearing a pamper.
- 2011, Gerald Pruett, chapter 11, in Legacy: The Mark of Merlin, British Columbia: CCB Publishing, →ISBN, page 206:
- “She’s… soiling her pamper. Have you changed a pamper before?” “Just on my dolls, and I was ten the last time I’d done it.” Allyson grinned while saying, “That’s not the same. I’ll go grab a pamper and the wipes, and I’ll show you how to change Sonya’s pamper.”
- 2019, Noval Socram, In Just Cause Behind the Shadow, Page Publishing, Inc., →ISBN:
- One of the ladies said, “Look at his pants when he turns around. It looks like he’s wearing a pamper.” Sure enough it looked like he was wearing a wet pamper.
- 2021, Debbie Hollins, Living Within the Confinements of Lupus, WestBow Press, →ISBN:
- “You will have to wear a pamper because you will not be able to move. […]”
- (Belgium) IPA(key): /ˈpɑm.pər/
- (Netherlands) IPA(key): /ˈpɛmpər/
- Hyphenation: pam‧per
- Rhymes: -ɑmpər, -ɛmpər
- → Indonesian: pamper
From Dutch pamper, from the name of the Pampers brand of diapers, from English pamper, 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”).
- “pamper” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia, Jakarta: Language Development and Fostering Agency — Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic Indonesia, 2016.