hamper

  • 1 hamper — vb Hamper, trammel, clog, fetter, shackle, manacle, hog tie are comparable when meaning to hinder or impede one so that one cannot move, progress, or act freely. To hamper is to encumber or embarrass by or as if by an impediment or restraining… …

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  • 2 Hamper — Ham per (h[a^]m p[ e]r), 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. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 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; to entangle; hence, to impede in motion or progress; to embarrass; to encumber. Hampered nerves.… …

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  • 4 Hamper — Ham per, n. [See {Hamper} to shackle.] 1. A shackle; a fetter; anything which impedes. W. Browne. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) Articles ordinarily indispensable, but in the way at certain times. Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster] {Top hamper} (Naut.),… …

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  • 5 Hamper — Ham per, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hampered} ( p[ e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hampering}.] To put in a hamper. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 hamper — I verb arrest, balk, bar, barricade, bind, block, brake, bridle, burden, check, choke, clog, confine, counteract, cramp, curb, debar, delay, deter, encumber, estop, tetter, foil, frustrate, handicap, hinder, hold back, impede, impedire, impedite …

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  • 7 hamper — [n] basket for storage bassinet, carton, crate, creel, laundry basket, pannier; concept 494 hamper [v] impede, restrict baffle, balk, bar, bind, block, check, clog, cramp, cramp one’s style*, cumber, curb, drag one’s feet*, embarrass, encumber,… …

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  • 8 hamper — Ⅰ. hamper [1] ► NOUN 1) a basket with a carrying handle and a hinged lid, used for food, cutlery, etc. on a picnic. 2) Brit. a box containing food and drink for a special occasion. ORIGIN Old French hanaper case for a goblet , from hanap goblet …

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  • 9 hàmper — m reg. vedro, kanta ✧ {{001f}}njem …

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  • 10 hamper — hàmper m DEFINICIJA reg. vedro, kanta ETIMOLOGIJA njem …

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  • 11 hamper — A canvas lined tub supported by a steel and wood frame, used to transport bulk, bundled, and sacked mail (from 440 to 800 pounds) between postal operations …

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  • 12 hamper — hamper1 [ham′pər] vt. [northern ME hampren, akin to hamelian, to maim (with freq. er & intrusive p ) < IE base * kem , to press together > HEM1] to keep from moving or acting freely; hinder; impede; encumber hamper2 [ham′pər] n. [var. of… …

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  • 13 Hamper — For other uses, see Hamper robot. A selection of wicker hampers 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… …

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  • 14 hamper — {{11}}hamper (n.1) large basket, early 14c., contraction of Anglo French hanaper (Anglo Latin hanepario), from O.Fr. hanepier case for holding a large goblet or cup; in medical use skull, also helmet; armored leather cap, from hanap goblet, from… …

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  • 15 hamper — 01. The stormy weather is [hampering] efforts to rescue two fishermen from their sinking boat. 02. His progress in learning a second language is being [hampered] by his shyness in speaking. 03. The police investigation into the murder is being… …

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  • 16 hamper — ham|per1 [ˈhæmpə US ər] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Origin unknown] to make it difficult for someone to do something ▪ She tried to run, but was hampered by her heavy suitcase. ▪ An attempt to rescue the men has been hampered by bad weather.… …

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  • 17 hamper — [[t]hæ̱mpə(r)[/t]] hampers, hampering, hampered 1) VERB If someone or something hampers you, they makes it difficult for you to do what you are trying to do. [V n] The bad weather hampered rescue operations... [V n] I was hampered by a lack of… …

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  • 18 hamper — I UK [ˈhæmpə(r)] / US [ˈhæmpər] verb [transitive, often passive] Word forms hamper : present tense I/you/we/they hamper he/she/it hampers present participle hampering past tense hampered past participle hampered 1) to prevent something from… …

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  • 19 hamper — I. transitive verb (hampered; hampering) Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century 1. a. to restrict the movement of by bonds or obstacles ; impede b. to interfere with the operation of ; disrupt 2 …

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  • 20 Hamper — This unusual and interesting surname is of early medieval English origin, and is a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of goblets. The derivation is from the Old French hanapier , Anglo French hanaper , a drinking vessel, wine cup,… …

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