verb (used with object)
- hampden, john,
- hampden, walter,
- hampshire down,
- hampton roads
Origin of hamper1
Examples from the Web for hampering
Hampering the investigation is the lack of a physical description of the suspect or an eyewitness account.A Tearful Goodbye to Colorado Kidnap Victim Jessica Ridgeway|Christine Pelisek|October 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Hampering the investigation is precious little information about the shooters or a description.Was Shooting of Border Patrol Agents in Arizona an Ambush?|Christine Pelisek|October 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The inelastic character of the newspaper is a hampering factor—so many columns must be filled, news or no news.The Last Harvest|John Burroughs
Did he think that this round world was hanging on like a big ball, hampering the going of God, do you suppose?Hester, Volume 1 (of 3)|Margaret Oliphant
When hampering conditions press hard upon a man, all that he thinks of for the moment is to be rid of them.A Librarian's Open Shelf|Arthur E. Bostwick
As a consequence of this the youth of the present day avoid marriage with all its hampering ties.The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant|Alexander Johnstone Wilson
If we ignore the facts contained in one part of the world, surely we are hampering scientific advance.The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
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."