Definitions for hamperˈhæm pər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to hold back; hinder; impede:
Heavy rain hampered the flow of traffic.
to interfere with; curtail.
* Syn: See prevent.
Origin of hamper:
1300–50; ME hampren; akin to OE hamm enclosure, hemmhem1
a large basket or wicker receptacle with a cover:
a clothes hamper; a picnic hamper.
Origin of hamper:
1350–1400; ME hampere, var. of hanypere < AF; MF hanapier case to hold a drinking vessel
shackle, bond, hamper, trammel(noun)
a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
a basket usually with a cover
hamper, halter, cramp, strangle(verb)
prevent the progress or free movement of
"He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"
handicap, hinder, hamper(verb)
put at a disadvantage
"The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"
a large basket, usually with a cover, used for the packing and carrying of articles; as, a hamper of wine; a clothes hamper; an oyster hamper, which contains two bushels
to put in a hamper
to put a hamper or fetter on; to shackle; to insnare; to inveigle; hence, to impede in motion or progress; to embarrass; to encumber
a shackle; a fetter; anything which impedes
articles ordinarily indispensable, but in the way at certain times
A hamper is a primarily British term for a wicker basket, usually large, that is used for the transport of items, often food. In North America, the term generally refers to a household receptacle for clean or dirty clothing, regardless of its composition, i.e. "a laundry hamper". In agricultural use, a hamper is a wide-mouthed container of basketwork that may often be carried on the back during the harvesting of fruit or vegetables by hand by workers in the field. The contents of the hamper may be decanted regularly into larger containers or a cart, wagon, or truck. The open ventilation and the sturdiness offered by a hamper has made it suitable for the transport of food, hence the use of the picnic hamper. At one time it was common for laundry services to leave a large basketwork container with a lid which is now commonly referred to as a clothes hamper. The same type of container would be used to return clean clothing, which would be put away by the laundry service and the empty container left in place of the full container for later pickup. This type of daily or bi-daily hamper service was most common with Chinese laundry services in 19th century England and America.
Translations for hamper
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a large basket with a lid
a picnic hamper.
- سَلَّة ذات غِطاءArabic
- cestoPortuguese (BR)
- der PackkorbGerman
- kurv; madkurvDanish
- καλάθι του πικνίκGreek
- cesta, canastaSpanish
- (kaanega) korvEstonian
- سبد؛ زنبیلFarsi
- סַל לְמָזוֹןHebrew
- pletena piknik košaraCroatian
- cesto, paniereItalian
- 큰 바구니Korean
- bakul bertutupMalay
- stor kurv med lokkNorwegian
- rodzaj koszykaPolish
- سبد؛ زنبیلPersian
- لويه ټوكر ۍPashto
- coş de nuieleRomanian
- корзина с крышкойRussian
- košarica s pokrovomSlovenian
- sepet, sandıkTurkish
- 有蓋大籃子Chinese (Trad.)
- ڈھکن والا بڑا باسکٹUrdu
- hòm mâyVietnamese
- 有盖大篮Chinese (Simp.)
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