Definitions for hamperˈhæm pər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ham•per*ˈhæm pər(v.t.)

  1. to hold back; hinder; impede:

    Heavy rain hampered the flow of traffic.

  2. to interfere with; curtail.

* Syn: See prevent.

Origin of hamper:

1300–50; ME hampren; akin to OE hamm enclosure, hemmhem1

ham′per•er(n.)

ham•perˈhæm pər(n.)

  1. 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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shackle, bond, hamper, trammel(noun)

    a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)

  2. hamper(verb)

    a basket usually with a cover

  3. 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"

  4. handicap, hinder, hamper(verb)

    put at a disadvantage

    "The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hamper(noun)

    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

  2. Hamper(verb)

    to put in a hamper

  3. Hamper(verb)

    to put a hamper or fetter on; to shackle; to insnare; to inveigle; hence, to impede in motion or progress; to embarrass; to encumber

  4. Hamper(noun)

    a shackle; a fetter; anything which impedes

  5. Hamper(noun)

    articles ordinarily indispensable, but in the way at certain times

Freebase

  1. Hamper

    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.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

hamper(noun)

a large basket with a lid

a picnic hamper.

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