Definitions for: Hamper

[n] a basket usually with a cover
[n] a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
[v] prevent the progress or free movement of; "He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperilist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"
[v] put at a disadvantage; "The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ham"per, n. [Contr. fr. hanaper.]
A large basket, usually with a cover, used for the packing
and carrying of articles; as, a hamper of wine; a clothes
hamper; an oyster hamper, which contains two bushels.

Ham"per, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hampered; p. pr. & vb.
n. Hampering.]
To put in a hamper.

Ham"per, v. t. [OE. hamperen, hampren, prob. of the
same origin as E. hamble.]
To put a hamper or fetter on; to shackle; to insnare; to
inveigle; hence, to impede in motion or progress; to
embarrass; to encumber. ``Hampered nerves.'' --Blackmore.

A lion hampered in a net. --L'Estrange.

They hamper and entangle our souls. --Tillotson.

Ham"per, n. [See Hamper to shackle.]
1. A shackle; a fetter; anything which impedes. --W. Browne.

2. (Naut.) Articles ordinarily indispensable, but in the way
at certain times. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

Top hamper (Naut.), unnecessary spars and rigging kept

Synonyms: bond, cramp, halter, handicap, hinder, shackle, strangle, trammel, trammels

See Also: ball and chain, basket, bound, chain, chains, clothes basket, clothes hamper, confine, constraint, cuff, cuffs, disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour, fetter, food hamper, handbasket, handcuff, handcuffs, handlock, hobble, iron, irons, laundry basket, limit, manacle, restrain, restraint, restrict, throttle, trammel, voider

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