Hamper definitions

hăm'pər
Necessary but encumbering equipment on a ship.
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A large basket, usually with a cover.
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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, as for laundry.
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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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To keep from moving or acting freely; hinder; impede; encumber.
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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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A large basket, usually with a cover, used for the packing and carrying of articles or small animals; as,
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A shackle; a fetter; anything which impedes.
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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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(nautical) Articles ordinarily indispensable, but in the way at certain times.
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Origin of hamper

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.