Hamper meaning

hămpər
To prevent the free movement, action, or progress of.

Fog hampered the rescue effort.

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A large basket, usually with a cover.
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Necessary but encumbering equipment on a ship.
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To keep from moving or acting freely; hinder; impede; encumber.
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A large basket, usually with a cover, as for laundry.
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To hamper is defined as to stop someone from doing something or stop something from progressing as it should.

An example of hamper is when you are making a mess as your spouse is cleaning.

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The definition of a hamper is a basket, often used for laundry.

An example of a hamper is a container in your bathroom where you throw your dirty laundry until it is washed.

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A large basket, usually with a cover, used for the packing and carrying of articles or small animals; as,
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To put into a hamper.

Competition pigeons are hampered for the truck trip to the point of release where the race back starts.

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To put a hamper or fetter on; to shackle; to ensnare; to inveigle; hence, to impede in motion or progress; to embarrass; to encumber.
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A shackle; a fetter; anything which impedes.
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(nautical) Articles ordinarily indispensable, but in the way at certain times.
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Origin of hamper

  • Middle English alteration of Anglo-Norman hanaper from Old French hanepier a case for holding goblets from hanap goblet of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English hamperen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English hamper, contracted from hanaper, hanypere, from Anglo-Norman hanaper, Old French hanapier, hanepier (“case for holding a large goblet or cup”), from hanap (“goblet, drinking cup”), from Old Frankish *hnapp (“cup, bowl, basin”), from Proto-Germanic *hnappaz (“cup, bowl”). Cognate with Old High German hnapf (“cup, bowl, basin”) (German Napf (“bowl”)), Dutch nap (“cup”), Old English hnæpp (“bowl”). More at nap.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English hamperen, hampren (“to hamper, oppress”), probably of the same origin as English hamble (“to limp”), Scots hamp (“to halt in walking, stutter”), Dutch haperen (“to falter, hesitate”), German hemmen (“to stop, hinder, check”). More at hamble.

    From Wiktionary