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Definition of Hamper

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hinder, impede, delay
large basket with a cover in which things can be stored (i.e. laundry hamper)
Hamper Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To put in a hamper.
  
(v. t.)
To put a hamper or fetter on; to shackle; to insnare; to inveigle; hence, to impede in motion or progress; to embarrass; to encumber.
  
(n.)
Articles ordinarily indispensable, but in the way at certain times.
  
(n.)
A shackle; a fetter; anything which impedes.
  
(n.)
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.
  
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hamper
\ham"per\ (?), n. [contr. fr. hanaper.] 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.
hamper
\ham"per\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. hampered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. hampering.] to put in a hamper.
hamper
\ham"per\, v. t. [oe. hamperen, hampren, prob. of the same origin as e. hamble.] to put a hamper or fetter on; to shackle; to insnare; to inveigle; hence, to impede in motion or progress; to embarrass; to encumber. "hampered nerves." more. a lion hampered in a net. they hamper and entangle our souls.
hamper
\ham"per\, n. [see hamper to shackle.]
1. a shackle; a fetter; anything which impedes. browne.
2. (naut.) articles ordinarily indispensable, but in the way at certain times. am. nav. encyc.


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 clothes hamper 
 main-hamper 
 top hamper 
 top-hamper 
Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
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JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Cawell = n. a hamper, a basket
Cawellan = n. a small hamper
Cawellu = v. to hamper
Cawellyn = n. a small hamper
Mwys = n. what comprehends; what has double meaning, a pun; a hamper, five score of herrings: a. ambiguous; witty; elegant
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
(synonym) shackle, bond, trammel, trammels
(hypernym) restraint, constraint
(hyponym) ball and chain
(derivation) handicap, hinder
2. a basket usually with a cover
(hypernym) basket, handbasket
(hyponym) clothes hamper, laundry basket, clothes basket, voider

Verb
1. prevent the progress or free movement of; "He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperilist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"
(synonym) halter, cramp, strangle
(hypernym) restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle
(derivation) shackle, bond, trammel, trammels
2. put at a disadvantage; "The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"
(synonym) handicap, hinder
(hypernym) disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour
(derivation) shackle, bond, trammel, trammels
Hamper Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
A hamper refers to a set of related basket-like items. In primarily British usage, it refers to 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, often a basket, for clean (out of the dryer or off the line) or dirty clothing, regardless of its composition, i.e. "a laundry hamper". Typically a laundry hamper is used for storage and will be sturdier, taller and have a lid while a laundry basket is open and used mainly for transport.

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