top-ham·​per ˈtäp-ˈham-pər How to pronounce top-hamper (audio)
: matter or weight (such as spars or rigging) in the upper part of a ship
: unnecessary cumbersome matter

Word History

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of top-hamper was in 1756

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“Top-hamper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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