- to hold back; hinder; impede: A steady rain hampered the progress of the work.
- to interfere with; curtail: The dancers' movements were hampered by their elaborate costumes.
- Nautical. gear that, although necessary to the operations of a vessel, is sometimes in the way.
Origin of hamper1
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Examples from the Web for unhampered
So, she fought no more, but left destiny to work its will unhampered by her futile strivings.Within the Law
We had left the door unbarred so that his entrance was unhampered.Bardelys the Magnificent
Perry is clearly entitled to his own body, free and unhampered.
It had stretched where it would, ungoverned, unhampered, unarrested.
In both these labors he meant to be strengthened and yet unhampered.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
William Milligan Sloane
- allowed to move or progress freely
- (tr) to prevent the progress or free movement of
- nautical gear aboard a vessel that, though essential, is often in the way
- a large basket, usually with a cover
- British such a basket and its contents, usually food
- US a laundry basket
Word Origin and History for unhampered
late 14c., hampren "to surround, imprison, confine," also "to pack in a container," of unknown origin, possibly from hamper (n.1), or somehow connected to Middle English hamelian "to maim." Related: Hampered; hampering.
"large basket," early 14c., contraction of Anglo-French hanaper (Anglo-Latin hanepario), from Old French hanepier "case for holding a large goblet or cup;" in medical use "skull," also "helmet; armored leather cap," from hanap "goblet," from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old Saxon hnapp "cup, bowl;" Old High German hnapf, German Napf, Old English hnæpp). The word also meant (15c.) "the department of Chancery into which fees were paid for sealing and enrolling charters, etc." The first -a- may be a French attempt to render Germanic hn- into an acceptable Romanic form.
1835, "things important for a ship but in the way at certain times" (Klein's definition), from French hamper "to impede." Hence top hamper, originally "upper masts, spars, rigging, etc. of a sailing ship."