Main definitions of hamper in English

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hamper1

noun

  • 1A basket with a carrying handle and a hinged lid, used for food, cutlery, and plates on a picnic.

    ‘a picnic hamper’
    • ‘Champagne flowed freely as capacity crowds of 6,000 people spread chairs, picnic hampers and banners across the grass for the Concerts in the Park, sponsored by the Echo.’
    • ‘There will be no left luggage at the tournament, with fans forced to leave picnic hampers and bulky bags outside the grounds.’
    • ‘Alternatively, many take a picnic hamper and wine and enjoy the carnival atmosphere of Coronation Park at The Channon prior to an afternoon of fine music.’
    • ‘They came laden with picnic hampers, blankets and chairs, children in tow.’
    • ‘Andreas has made many wonderful items in his few years as a basket maker including creels, potato baskets, Moses baskets, turf baskets, picnic hampers, etc.’
    • ‘What I don't understand is that if mess from visitors are a problem, how is this going to be solved by still allowing foot traffic - people could still take up picnic hampers or food and drink up with them if they so felt like it.’
    • ‘Although families are welcome to bring picnic hampers, refreshments will also be on sale.’
    • ‘Bridging the gap between orchestra and audience, he soon had his public eating out of his hand - rather than their extravagant picnic hampers.’
    • ‘No braais will be allowed at Zoo Lake and visitors can take picnic hampers or buy food from the local vendors.’
    • ‘Ladies trying hard not to aerate the lawn with their Manolos opened the John Lewis picnic hampers.’
    • ‘Marlon convinces him that it's only jealousy and then asks him to help him carry the picnic hamper.’
    • ‘There is a general flurry of activity as horseboxes are unloaded, horses harnessed to their carriages and bulging picnic hampers tucked on board in readiness for the lunchtime stop.’
    • ‘With picnic blankets, hampers and candles in safety cups, the visitors began taking up their positions on the grassy knoll back-dropped by Sydney Harbour, from dusk.’
    • ‘Adams was observed to almost put down his picnic hamper in order to approach and threaten a young Hungarian migrant.’
    • ‘When packing your picnic hamper, forget white wine and try these slightly exotic regional red wines.’
    • ‘Spectators will also be asked to leave items not required during their trip, including picnic hampers or bags, outside the complex, because of security fears.’
    • ‘Many more important issues will be sending the protesters to London with their Barbours and picnic hampers.’
    • ‘Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their picnic hampers, chairs and blankets and sit back and soak up the atmosphere.’
    • ‘Spectators were asked to leave items not required during their trip, including picnic hampers and bags, outside.’
    • ‘Simply pack a picnic hamper and head off through the olive and cypress groves for tiny inland settlements like Klonatika, Fontana and Anemogianatika which has twice as many letters in its name as houses!’
    basket, pannier, wickerwork basket
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    1. 1.1British A basket or box containing food for a special occasion.
      ‘a Christmas food hamper’
      • ‘There was a wheel of fortune, cake stall, bottles stall while there was a door prize of a hamper.’
      • ‘Prizes on offer include, hampers, turkeys, biscuits, cakes and bottles of spirits to name just few.’
      • ‘Over two days 18,000 people went through the gates at the Alice Springs Show and the ABC stall attracted hundreds of visitors keen to chat and enter the competition to win two hampers of ABC goodies.’
      • ‘Many hampers, bottles of brandy, whiskey, wine, biscuits etc., can be won.’
      • ‘Over the last two weeks the young people saved their own pocket money to fill the hampers, and then went shopping to buy the food and toys.’
      • ‘Perhaps you might like a nice hamper or a CD player, maybe a basket of Easter eggs?’
      • ‘The hampers will be dished out to families on the estate who have been recommended by health professionals like midwives, social workers or health visitors.’
      • ‘The first prize in the Christmas draw is a seasonal hamper packed with all the Christmas goodies and there are plenty of other Christmas prizes as well.’
      • ‘Ann Moran won a lovely hamper and a bottle of whiskey.’
      • ‘Each winner has already received their fabulous prize of a hamper packed with goodies, to the value of around €100 from the generous people at Boots to mark Mothers Day.’
      • ‘A raffle will also be held on the night with prizes galore including a television, hampers, bottles of whiskey, brandy etc.’
      • ‘The hamper contained £100 worth of Christmas goodies including a bottle of port, nuts and a Dundee cake.’
      • ‘At Christmas Jan specialises in Christmas baskets, picnic baskets and Christmas hampers.’
      • ‘First prize is a large hamper, second is a small hamper and third a bottle of brandy plus various other prizes of Christmas goodies.’
      • ‘Until recently housewives set out marketing basket in hand, and berries, fruits, confectionery and wines are still packed in hampers for presentation purposes.’
      • ‘At the end of the show, many in the audience had bagged gift hampers, some of them twice or more!’
      • ‘There will also be a raffle for hampers, vouchers, bottles etc., on the day.’
      • ‘There will be lots of extra prizes including a raffle for a hamper, bottles etc.’
      • ‘Anderson said the food bank is preparing about 12 to 16 hampers per week lately and that although food bank use has been fairly steady during the last few months no one has been turned away.’
      • ‘We had a great day there and Josh received a wonderful hamper of cooking items.’
    2. 1.2North American A large basket with a lid, used for laundry.
      ‘a laundry hamper’
      • ‘Go get the laundry hamper, and put all your dirty clothes in there.’
      • ‘I also bought two laundry hampers (since for the past few months, I have hardly been able to find a space to sleep in my bed among the piles of clean and dirty clothes) and two sets of sheets.’
      • ‘In the end I stuffed it at the bottom of my laundry hamper, which is where it will remain until I decide my next step.’
      • ‘If this house is later sold to someone who doesn't need the additional room to accommodate a wheelchair, it can be nicely used for laundry hampers or wicker storage baskets.’
      • ‘He used it as a remote eavesdropping device, tucked beneath beds and hidden in laundry hampers, capturing closed-door confessions and seizing suburban secrets.’
      • ‘After one-time use, mop heads are removed and placed in a laundry hamper with other contaminated, reusable woven fabrics.’
      • ‘We moved all of our clean laundry into drawers and all the dirty laundry into the hamper.’
      • ‘Jim wrapped the towel around his waist after drying off, added the sock to the rest of the dirty laundry in the hamper, then padded out to the kitchen.’
      • ‘Upstairs Kristin walked back into her room and through there into her bathroom where she undressed, sorted her clothes into the laundry hamper, and showered quickly.’
      • ‘A laundry hamper that can't be opened by kitty paws is a first step.’
      • ‘A few blocks away, Cash Smith floated his two children on laundry hampers and plunged into chest-high waters.’
      • ‘Put a laundry hamper under a kid size basketball hoop.’
      • ‘I put the laundry hamper up on the shelf, and got back into bed.’
      • ‘After using the second pile I used to put the laundry in the hamper.’
      • ‘I took some dirty laundry from a hamper and threw it over his bed, messed up the sheets a little bit, and scuffed his shoe.’
      • ‘I left the room with the vacuum cleaner and the laundry hamper.’
      • ‘She set them in the laundry hamper, before she left silently.’
      • ‘Use a thirty-gallon garbage bin as a laundry hamper… it's waterproof, and hides those unsightly stains and odors.’
      • ‘She threw her dirty clothes in the laundry hamper and took a shower.’
      • ‘In a shared room you do want to make it as easy as possible for the kids to keep the room organized, so a couple of brightly-colored toy bins and laundry hampers are in order.’

Origin

Middle English (denoting any large case or casket): from Anglo-Norman French hanaper ‘case for a goblet’, from Old French hanap ‘goblet’, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

hamper

/ˈhampə/

Main definitions of hamper in English

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hamper2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Hinder or impede the movement or progress of.

    ‘their work is hampered by lack of funds’
    • ‘Furthermore, research has been hampered by a lack of standardised measures.’
    • ‘The Health Minister had stated in the Assembly that lack of funds was hampering the development and cleaning works in hospitals.’
    • ‘Given the constraints that are hampering the authorities, it would seem that educating the public is of the utmost importance.’
    • ‘Lack of electricity is hampering development in a key industrial city of Zhejiang province, a party chief said yesterday.’
    • ‘Once the true cause of his death was established, police were hampered by a lack of witnesses.’
    • ‘There is also a view that his knee, scarred by past injury, is hampering his movement.’
    • ‘Social services chiefs have warned that plans to boost the number of adoptions could be hampered by lack of staff.’
    • ‘The rocks on the streambed were loose and rolled out from under his feet, hampering his progress.’
    • ‘Initial plans to stage the game were hampered by a lack of a suitable date.’
    • ‘Mr Beadle said the market was surprisingly being hampered by a lack of listings.’
    • ‘Scottish police officers are also hampered by restrictions on their powers of arrest.’
    • ‘We would also like to know what constraints are hampering the tourism investment in the North.’
    • ‘Experts say a lack of funds is hampering the fight against bird flu in Asian countries such as Indonesia, where a fifth victim died on Monday.’
    • ‘Similarly in Madrid, the police investigation did not appear to be hampered by lack of mobile phone data.’
    • ‘In addition, the rate of product approvals by US regulators has slowed, hampering companies' growth plans.’
    • ‘The New World is not hampered by Old World restrictions and includes the white grapes in the blend and on the labels.’
    • ‘Aid from around the world is coming in but the rescue work is being hampered by a lack of bulldozers and excavators.’
    • ‘It is for the younger generation to liberate the nation from the fetters hampering its progress.’
    • ‘The second rower's time in Sydney has not all gone smoothly, with injury hampering his progress at the club he joined in 2000.’
    • ‘The police organised several cranes to tow away vehicles in the area that were hampering the movement of the fire fighters.’
    hinder, obstruct, impede, inhibit, retard, baulk, thwart, foil, curb, delay, set back, slow down, hold back, hold up, interfere with
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noun

mass nounNautical
  • Necessary but cumbersome equipment on a ship.

    • ‘The mass of the top hamper must be consciously balanced against the tremendous beam.’
    • ‘Well, you won't make land or anything else in a thousand years once you get all your top-hamper piled down on deck.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘shackle, entangle, catch’): perhaps related to German hemmen ‘restrain’.

Pronunciation

hamper

/ˈhampə/