hamper

verb
ham·​per | \ ˈham-pər How to pronounce hamper (audio) \
hampered; hampering\ ˈham-​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce hamper (audio) \

Definition of hamper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to restrict the movement of by bonds or obstacles : impede pitching … violently in the seaway, hampered by her heavy tow— R. S. Porteous
b : to interfere with the operation of : disrupt radio communications hampered by static— Globe & Mail
2a : to moderate or limit the effect or full exercise of : curb, restrain a work environment that hampers creativity
b : to interfere with : to impede the natural activity of : encumber Bad weather hampered the search effort. a project hampered by budget restraints

hamper

noun

Definition of hamper (Entry 2 of 2)

: a large basket usually with a cover for packing, storing, or transporting articles (such as food or laundry)

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Verb

hamper, trammel, clog, fetter, shackle, manacle mean to hinder or impede in moving, progressing, or acting. hamper may imply the effect of any impeding or restraining influence. hampered the investigation by refusing to cooperate trammel suggests entangling by or confining within a net. rules that trammel the artist's creativity clog usually implies a slowing by something extraneous or encumbering. a court system clogged by frivolous suits fetter suggests a restraining so severe that freedom to move or progress is almost lost. a nation fettered by an antiquated class system shackle and manacle are stronger than fetter and suggest total loss of freedom. a mind shackled by stubborn prejudice a people manacled by tyranny

Examples of hamper in a Sentence

Verb The project was hampered by budget restraints. Construction is hampering traffic on the highway.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tariffs would curb imports, but that would hamper CO2 reduction. Neil Winton, Forbes, "Europe’s CO2 Rules Will Cripple Small Electric Car Sales, Jeopardize Plug-In Revolution, And Boost China," 2 Mar. 2021 On a global level too, the tendency to let the guard down might hamper efforts to bring the pandemic under control. Abhishyant Kidangoor, Time, "India's Vaccine Rollout Stumbles as COVID-19 Cases Decline. That's Bad News for the Rest of the World," 19 Feb. 2021 These reductions may not hamper vaccine effectiveness, however, particularly against the severe levels of disease that put people in the hospital. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, "Booster Shots Against Scary COVID Virus Variants Are In the Works," 18 Feb. 2021 Extended absences can hamper athletes’ conditioning and increase the risk of injury upon resuming live play. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "As Texas’ power crisis continues, Mavs expect decision on postponing Friday’s game vs. Rockets soon," 17 Feb. 2021 The governor has said the measures would hamper the fight to slow the spread of COVID-19. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Gorilla recovery, hydroxychloroquine return, prison problems: News from around our 50 states," 28 Jan. 2021 Left-leaning state attorneys general didn’t miss an opportunity on Trump’s last day to sue the outgoing administration over several of its final actions, some of which the AGs say would hamper Biden’s ability to implement his climate agenda. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Questions we have as Biden is sworn in," 20 Jan. 2021 Further, Cuomo said, the program contains specific requirements that could dissuade undocumented immigrants from getting vaccinated, which would hamper efforts to contain the virus. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Cuomo warns that Trump vaccination plans fail minorities, undocumented immigrants," 2 Dec. 2020 Do top earners pay their fair share, or will his plan hamper a fragile economic recovery? Briana Bierschbach, Star Tribune, "Tax increase on Minnesota's highest earners renews fair share debate," 13 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Witnesses told police that Moses’ tiny body was burned in a thin straw hamper. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Cobb woman who led religious cult gets 30 years for child deaths," 17 Feb. 2021 This is because Siegfried left the hamper open and Tricki has been merrily dragging whole slices of ham out of it with his tiny dog strength. Alice Burton, Vulture, "All Creatures Great and Small," 31 Jan. 2021 Roll up your exercise mat post-workout and store it in a stylish woven storage hamper. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "The Ultimate Guide to Home Fitness," 13 Jan. 2021 Ho’s office would chill voter participation among Vietnamese immigrants and hamper community activists in their ongoing work to register and educate more immigrant voters. Adam Elmahrek, Los Angeles Times, "Westminster voting site prompts concerns that other campaigns will follow suit," 3 Jan. 2021 My house is clean, my laundry hamper is empty and the fingernails on my left hand are clipped down short enough for guitar playing. Ellyn Laub, sun-sentinel.com, "Goodwill hunting is music to my ears | Opinion," 16 Dec. 2020 Such waste can choke marine life, hamper boaters and taint drinking water. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Nov. 13-19," 22 Nov. 2020 The outstanding lawsuits hamper state lawmakers’ ability to propose specific changes in the aftermath of the election because of the possibility that courts determine some processes to be improper. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Republicans focus on tightening election laws as lawsuits fizzle," 18 Nov. 2020 Task each family member with picking up any clothes before bed, tossing dirty duds into the hamper (pro tip: invest in a bin that has two compartments, one for lights and one for darks) and replacing clean ones on hangers or in drawers. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "7 Little Things You Can Do Every Day to Keep Your Home Cleaner," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of hamper

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hamper

Verb

Middle English

Noun

Middle English hamper, hanaper, literally, case to hold goblets, from Anglo-French hanaper, from hanap goblet, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English hnæpp bowl

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The first known use of hamper was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

5 Mar 2021

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“Hamper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hamper. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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hamper

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hamper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to slow the movement, progress, or action of (someone or something)

hamper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hamper (Entry 2 of 2)

: a basket for food
US : a basket for holding dirty clothes until they can be washed

hamper

verb
ham·​per | \ ˈham-pər How to pronounce hamper (audio) \
hampered; hampering

Kids Definition of hamper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to keep from moving or acting freely Snow hampered traffic.

hamper

noun

Kids Definition of hamper (Entry 2 of 2)

: a large basket usually with a cover a clothes hamper

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