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Meaning of HAMPER

Pronunciation:  'hampur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a basket usually with a cover
  2. [n]  a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
  3. [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"
  4. [v]  put at a disadvantage; "The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"

HAMPER is a 6 letter word that starts with H.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \Ham"per\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hampered}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Hampering}.]
    To put in a hamper.
  3. \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.
  4. \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
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a hamper in your dream indicates that you need to find a more productive way to express your negative feelings.
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