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.


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Ham"per, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hampered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Hampering.]

To put in a hamper.


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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."


A lion hampered in a net. L'Estrange.

They hamper and entangle our souls. Tillotson.


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Ham"per, n. [See Hamper to shackle.]


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 aloft.


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