To hamper is defined as to stop someone from doing something or stop something from progressing as it should.(verb)
An example of hamper is when you are making a mess as your spouse is cleaning.
The definition of a hamper is a basket, often used for laundry.(noun)
An example of a hamper is a container in your bathroom where you throw your dirty laundry until it is washed.
See hamper in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: northern ME hampren, akin to hamelian, to maim (with freq. -er & intrusive -p-) < IE base *kem-, to press together > hem
Origin: var. of hanaper
See hamper in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb ham·pered, ham·per·ing, ham·pers
Origin: Middle English hamperen.
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , alteration of Anglo-Norman hanaper
Origin: , from Old French hanepier, a case for holding goblets
Origin: , from hanap, goblet
Origin: , of Germanic origin.
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