Main definitions of hamper in English

: hamper1hamper2

hamper1

noun

North American
  • 1A large basket with a lid used for laundry.

    ‘a laundry hamper’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A few blocks away, Cash Smith floated his two children on laundry hampers and plunged into chest-high waters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Use a thirty-gallon garbage bin as a laundry hamper… it's waterproof, and hides those unsightly stains and odors.’
    • ‘Go get the laundry hamper, and put all your dirty clothes in there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She set them in the laundry hamper, before she left silently.’
    • ‘A laundry hamper that can't be opened by kitty paws is a first step.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After using the second pile I used to put the laundry in the hamper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He used it as a remote eavesdropping device, tucked beneath beds and hidden in laundry hampers, capturing closed-door confessions and seizing suburban secrets.’
    • ‘I left the room with the vacuum cleaner and the laundry hamper.’
    • ‘She threw her dirty clothes in the laundry hamper and took a shower.’
    • ‘I put the laundry hamper up on the shelf, and got back into bed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Put a laundry hamper under a kid size basketball hoop.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A basket with a carrying handle and a hinged lid, used for food, cutlery, and plates on a picnic.
      ‘a picnic hamper’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘No braais will be allowed at Zoo Lake and visitors can take picnic hampers or buy food from the local vendors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They came laden with picnic hampers, blankets and chairs, children in tow.’
      • ‘There will be no left luggage at the tournament, with fans forced to leave picnic hampers and bulky bags outside the grounds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their picnic hampers, chairs and blankets and sit back and soak up the atmosphere.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ladies trying hard not to aerate the lawn with their Manolos opened the John Lewis picnic hampers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When packing your picnic hamper, forget white wine and try these slightly exotic regional red wines.’
      • ‘Marlon convinces him that it's only jealousy and then asks him to help him carry the picnic hamper.’
      • ‘Bridging the gap between orchestra and audience, he soon had his public eating out of his hand - rather than their extravagant picnic hampers.’
      • ‘Spectators were asked to leave items not required during their trip, including picnic hampers and bags, outside.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Adams was observed to almost put down his picnic hamper in order to approach and threaten a young Hungarian migrant.’
      • ‘Although families are welcome to bring picnic hampers, refreshments will also be on sale.’
      basket, pannier, wickerwork basket
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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

/ˈhæmpər//ˈhampər/

Main definitions of hamper in English

: hamper1hamper2

hamper2

verb

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

    ‘their work is hampered by lack of funds’
    • ‘The Health Minister had stated in the Assembly that lack of funds was hampering the development and cleaning works in hospitals.’
    • ‘The New World is not hampered by Old World restrictions and includes the white grapes in the blend and on the labels.’
    • ‘Mr Beadle said the market was surprisingly being hampered by a lack of listings.’
    • ‘The second rower's time in Sydney has not all gone smoothly, with injury hampering his progress at the club he joined in 2000.’
    • ‘Aid from around the world is coming in but the rescue work is being hampered by a lack of bulldozers and excavators.’
    • ‘Lack of electricity is hampering development in a key industrial city of Zhejiang province, a party chief said yesterday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is for the younger generation to liberate the nation from the fetters hampering its progress.’
    • ‘Similarly in Madrid, the police investigation did not appear to be hampered by lack of mobile phone data.’
    • ‘Scottish police officers are also hampered by restrictions on their powers of arrest.’
    • ‘There is also a view that his knee, scarred by past injury, is hampering his movement.’
    • ‘Once the true cause of his death was established, police were hampered by a lack of witnesses.’
    • ‘The police organised several cranes to tow away vehicles in the area that were hampering the movement of the fire fighters.’
    • ‘Furthermore, research has been hampered by a lack of standardised measures.’
    • ‘In addition, the rate of product approvals by US regulators has slowed, hampering companies' growth plans.’
    • ‘We would also like to know what constraints are hampering the tourism investment in the North.’
    • ‘Given the constraints that are hampering the authorities, it would seem that educating the public is of the utmost importance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Initial plans to stage the game were hampered by a lack of a suitable date.’
    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

Nautical
  • Necessary but cumbersome equipment on a ship.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

hamper

/ˈhæmpər//ˈhampər/