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hamper

verb ham·per \ ˈham-pər \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of hamper

hampered; hampering play \ˈham-p(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 a : 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
2 a : 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

Examples of hamper in a Sentence

  1. The project was hampered by budget restraints.

  2. Construction is hampering traffic on the highway.

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Origin and Etymology of hamper

Middle English

Synonym Discussion of hamper

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

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hamper

noun

Definition of hamper

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

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Origin and Etymology of hamper

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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HAMPER Defined for English Language Learners

hamper

verb

Definition of hamper for English Language Learners

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


hamper

noun

Definition of hamper for English Language Learners

  • : a basket for food

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


HAMPER Defined for Kids

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hamper

verb ham·per \ ˈham-pər \

Definition of hamper for Students

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

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hamper

noun

Definition of hamper for Students

: a large basket usually with a cover
  • a clothes hamper


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