hamper

verb
ham·​per | \ ˈham-pər How to pronounce hamper (audio) \
hampered; hampering\ ˈham-​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce hampering (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 While making diplomats safer, this can make embassies and consulates far less accessible to average citizens of host countries, hampering outreach and sometimes fueling a sense that America is trying to wall itself off from the world. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "Attack on U.S. Embassy in Baghdad underscores America’s polarization — and peril," 2 Jan. 2020 But Treviño and city officials said that was impossible without hampering automobile traffic and endangering cyclists on lower Broadway. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg making headway on second-term agenda but running afoul of natural allies," 31 Dec. 2019 Relief organizations warn they could soon be hampered in their ability to supply aid to Syrian civilians. Washington Post, "Russian-backed Syrian offensive kills dozens, displaces tens of thousands," 25 Dec. 2019 In the past month, two different market analysts increased their forecast odds that the states could win the legal case and significantly hamper or block the deal. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "T-Mobile/Sprint deal is good actually, Feds tell court in states’ lawsuit," 23 Dec. 2019 Despite the long-standing issues hampering tourism in Bethlehem, positive changes on the ground have seen the number of Bethlehem’s hotels expand. Time, "Bethlehem Is Gearing Up for Its Busiest Christmas in Years. But the Town Is Also Worried," 19 Dec. 2019 Details were not immediately available on the deaths or the identities of those killed as darkness and downed trees and lines hampered the work of first responders. NBC News, "3 dead as suspected twisters, storms batter the South," 16 Dec. 2019 Like the case of Gebre-Mariam, who also president of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, limited funding on research and development (R&D), is a challenge for scientists across Africa, significantly hampering innovation. Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s medical scientists are struggling to get funding to back their research," 13 Dec. 2019 But a torn anterior cruciate ligament ended his 2018 season early, and a hamstring injury hampered his return to form in 2019. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Carl Lawson gets healthy, Bengals’ defense gets better," 8 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s a Nintendo Switch ($299) to mull over, a timeless Shinola Runwell watch ($550), Bose noise canceling headphones ($349.99), a Jacquemus Chiquito mini bag ($270) or a classic Fortnum & Mason vegan Christmas gift hamper ($325). Cady Lang, Time, "The 20 Best Holiday Gifts Under $250," 19 Dec. 2019 That cozy Batman snuggie, for instance, or an elegant afternoon tea hamper for snacking on the go. Kim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "How to (politely) avoid getting unwanted gifts," 8 Dec. 2019 Bob walks with a springy step over a pizza box and past a laundry hamper to the water. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "A 17-Mile Hike to Unite San Francisco," 18 Nov. 2019 Choose from two different gourmet spreads that include delicacies such as Brussels sprout Caesar salad or prosciutto and brie on focaccia, packed in an old-fashioned picnic hamper. BostonGlobe.com, "Just add bubbles," 26 July 2019 The $33,700 Event Pack includes a fold-down bench built into the rear bumper, a modular picnic hamper and, in a nod to England’s climatological suffering, umbrella storage. Wired, "The $189,000 DBX SUV Is Here to Save Aston Martin," 19 Nov. 2019 The book ends with Ridgeley texting his old friend on Christmas Day 2016, wishing him a happy holiday and thanking him for the annual Christmas hamper of treats that Michael always sent. Jancee Dunn, Washington Post, "Andrew Ridgeley reminisces about George Michael and the meteoric rise of Wham!," 9 Oct. 2019 But just to be safe, get a hamper that doesn't have big holes in it, and childproof your dresser drawers. Cathy M. Rosenthal, courant.com, "What To Do When A Cat Licks And Chews Clothing," 15 Feb. 2018 How does that hamper or hurt our national security? CBS News, "Former DHS chiefs: We should anticipate efforts to interfere in the upcoming election," 9 Sep. 2019

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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

6 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hamper.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hampered. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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hamper

verb
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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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