I. transitive verb (hampered; hampering) Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century 1. a. to restrict the movement of by bonds or obstacles ; impede b. to interfere with the operation of ; disrupt 2. a. curb, restrain b. to interfere with ; encumber Synonyms: hamper, trammel, clog, fetter, shackle, manacle mean to hinder or impede in moving, progressing, or acting. hamper may imply the effect of any impeding or restraining influence <
hampered the investigation by refusing to cooperate
. trammel suggests entangling by or confining within a net <
rules that trammel the artist's creativity
. clog usually implies a slowing by something extraneous or encumbering <
a court system clogged by frivolous suits
. fetter suggests a restraining so severe that freedom to move or progress is almost lost <
a nation fettered by an antiquated class system
. shackle and manacle are stronger than fetter and suggest total loss of freedom <
a mind shackled by stubborn prejudice
a people manacled by tyranny
. II. noun Etymology: Middle English hamper, hanaper, literally, case to hold goblets, from Anglo-French hanaper, from hanap goblet, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English hnæpp bowl Date: 14th century a large basket usually with a cover for packing, storing, or transporting articles (as food or laundry)

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  • hamper — vb Hamper, trammel, clog, fetter, shackle, manacle, hog tie are comparable when meaning to hinder or impede one so that one cannot move, progress, or act freely. To hamper is to encumber or embarrass by or as if by an impediment or restraining… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Hamper — Ham per (h[a^]m p[ e]r), 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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; to entangle; hence, to impede in motion or progress; to embarrass; to encumber. Hampered nerves.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hamper — Ham per, n. [See {Hamper} to shackle.] 1. A shackle; a fetter; anything which impedes. W. Browne. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) Articles ordinarily indispensable, but in the way at certain times. Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster] {Top hamper} (Naut.),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hamper — Ham per, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hampered} ( p[ e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hampering}.] To put in a hamper. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hamper — I verb arrest, balk, bar, barricade, bind, block, brake, bridle, burden, check, choke, clog, confine, counteract, cramp, curb, debar, delay, deter, encumber, estop, tetter, foil, frustrate, handicap, hinder, hold back, impede, impedire, impedite …   Law dictionary

  • hamper — [n] basket for storage bassinet, carton, crate, creel, laundry basket, pannier; concept 494 hamper [v] impede, restrict baffle, balk, bar, bind, block, check, clog, cramp, cramp one’s style*, cumber, curb, drag one’s feet*, embarrass, encumber,… …   New thesaurus

  • hamper — Ⅰ. hamper [1] ► NOUN 1) a basket with a carrying handle and a hinged lid, used for food, cutlery, etc. on a picnic. 2) Brit. a box containing food and drink for a special occasion. ORIGIN Old French hanaper case for a goblet , from hanap goblet …   English terms dictionary

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