What does hamper mean?

Definitions for hamperˈhæm pər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hamper.

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

  6. Origin: [See Hamper to shackle.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hamper

    ham′pėr, v.t. to impede or perplex: to shackle.—n. a chain or fetter.—p.adj. Ham′pered, fettered, impeded.—adv. Ham′peredly.—n. Ham′peredness. [First about 1350, in Northern writers, prob. rel. to Ice. hemja (pt.t. hamdi), to restrain; Ger. hemmen.]

  2. Hamper

    ham′pėr, n. a large basket for conveying goods.—v.t. to put in a hamper.—ns. Han′ap, a large drinking-cup; Han′aper, an old name for a receptacle for treasure, paper, &c., long the name of an office in the Court of Chancery. [For hanaper—O. Fr. hanapierhanap, a drinking-cup—Old High Ger. hnapf; A.S. hnæp, a bowl.]

Editors Contribution

  1. hamper

    A type of homemade gift or basket of products created and designed in various colors, materials, products, shapes, sizes and styles with a type of packaging to cover the basket.

    Some people buy a Christmas hamper, Mother's day hamper, wine hamper etc. to give as a gift, present or prize at specific times of the year of for a competition or raffle to raise money for charity.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hamper in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hamper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jon Radulovic:

    These discussions improve outcomes and do not hamper hope.

  2. President Vladimir Putin:

    With this in mind, the existing differences should not hamper our bilateral relations.

  3. Katharine Whitehorn:

    Have you ever taken something out of the clothes hamper because it had become, relatively, the cleanest thing?

  4. The Congress official:

    His absence will not hamper the party's work. We will stand up against the objectionable bills tabled by the government.

  5. Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor:

    Enacting legislation that would hamper that trust by not allowing officers' names to be released is not in my opinion the best way to improve or repair that level of trust.

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Translations for hamper

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • HindernisGerman
  • korbo, malhelpiEsperanto
  • cesta, estorbar, canasta, obstaculizarSpanish
  • takistama, segamaEstonian
  • estää, pidäke, vaikeuttaa, kori, este, [[panna]] [[koriin]], kahlita, haitataFinnish
  • obstacleFrench
  • gátolHungarian
  • կողով, զամբյուղArmenian
  • tokanga, whakatomoMāori
  • wasmand, waarloos, korf, hindernis, inkorven, blokkeren, mand, beletsel, pakmand, obstakel, sluitmand, struikelblokDutch
  • impedir, seira, estorvar, obstruir, balaio, canastraPortuguese
  • корзина, затруднятьRussian
  • hämma, hindraSwedish

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