verb (used with object)
- hampden, john,
- hampden, walter,
- hampshire down,
- hampton roads
Origin of hamper1
Origin of hamper2
Examples from the Web for hamper
If Gentleman's Quarterly comes by for a photo spread, Palmer won't have to put a single sock in a hamper.
My daughter asleep, and her T-shirt in the hamper, my wife, I call her MZ, wanted a word.
Another factor that might hamper the investigation is the transient nature of the homeless population.
Because we use knives and forks every day, we do not notice how they hamper us.The Strange Way We Eat: Bee Wilson’s ‘Consider the Fork’|Bee Wilson|October 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In short, if your online community occupies a specific niche, joining the Facebook juggernaut can hamper your growth.
At the foot of the steep climb, the three girls were seen struggling to carry the hamper up to the Cave.Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
At the same time this very liberty seems to hamper and confine the Swedenborgians.The Religious Life of London|J. Ewing Ritchie
Difficulties like a walk of five miles with two children in her arms might hamper but not deter her.Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall|Jean K. Baird
And the elder one proposed to help himself to the contents of the hamper.Ishmael|Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
England especially sought to hamper our trade with the West India Islands, and treated our envoys with insolence and coldness.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XI|John Lord
Word Origin for hamper
Word Origin for hamper
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."