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.
- ham·pered·ly, adverb
- ham·pered·ness, noun
- ham·per·er, noun
- un·ham·pered, adjective
- un·ham·per·ing, adjective
Other definitions for hamper (2 of 2)
a large basket or wickerwork receptacle, usually with a cover: picnic hamper;clothes hamper.
British. such a basket together with its contents, especially food.
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How to use hamper in a sentence
Do loads frequently I’m guilty of letting the hamper fill up from time to time, but I try to do a load of workout clothes weekly so stuff doesn’t marinate in its own funk.
The stakes are high, the information is limited, and the questions pile up like laundry in the hamper — routine and never-ending.
She suggests using the smaller basket or larger hamper to hold blankets, toys or books.Shopping with the pros: Storage solutions to help corral kid clutter | Mari-Jane Williams | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
The hamper is available in rounded edge or rectangular, depending upon your preference, and comes in 4 different wicker color finishes.Attractive laundry hampers that make your dirty clothes look a little better | PopSci Commerce Team | September 16, 2020 | Popular-Science
The basket holds up to 105L which is larger than most laundry hampers.Attractive laundry hampers that make your dirty clothes look a little better | PopSci Commerce Team | September 16, 2020 | Popular-Science
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.
Physicians in Florida are being threatened with a law that, if enacted, will seriously hamper their ability to do their jobs.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
No further obstacle shall rise to hamper us once our backs are turned upon the ugly walls of Condillac.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
It was, in fact, a regular dog's straw hamper, but it was lined with heavy quilted silk and padded with wool.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
When the day arrived, the cat was tied safely up in a hamper, put in charge of the guard, and sent on its way.The Animal Story Book | Various
Such knowledge, indeed, tends to hamper that free play of the imagination so necessary in this work.
When he returned he was followed by a waiter with a hamper to whose bestowal in the back of the car he looked carefully.Red Pepper Burns | Grace S. Richmond
British Dictionary definitions for hamper (1 of 2)
(tr) to prevent the progress or free movement of
nautical gear aboard a vessel that, though essential, is often in the way
- hamperedness, noun
- hamperer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for hamper (2 of 2)
a large basket, usually with a cover
British such a basket and its contents, usually food
US a laundry basket
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