top-hamper

noun
top-ham·​per | \ ˈtäp-ˈham-pər How to pronounce top-hamper (audio) \

Definition of top-hamper

1 : matter or weight (such as spars or rigging) in the upper part of a ship
2 : unnecessary cumbersome matter

First Known Use of top-hamper

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Top-hamper.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/top-hamper. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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