My daughter asleep, and her T-shirt in the hamper, my wife, I call her MZ, wanted a word.
Because we use knives and forks every day, we do not notice how they hamper us.
In short, if your online community occupies a specific niche, joining the Facebook juggernaut can hamper your growth.
The Obama administration insists the rules are not meant to hamper innovation or hurt the business of Internet companies.
If Gentleman's Quarterly comes by for a photo spread, Palmer won't have to put a single sock in a hamper.
On the beach of the beautiful little harbor he posted five hundred of his militia and volunteers to hamper the British landing.
I believe our children, if we do not hamper them, will never know the struggle we have had.
It was one of those domestic thorns which fester and hamper, but to which the very best of men have to submit.
"The loss of hamper forward will make her the more weatherly," says Captain Rosy.
We have considerable dealings with the wagons at present: a hamper of port and brandy from Southampton is now in the kitchen.
late 14c., hampren "to surround, imprison, confine," also "to pack in a container," of unknown origin, possibly from hamper (n.1), or somehow connected to Middle English hamelian "to maim." Related: Hampered; hampering.
"large basket," early 14c., contraction of Anglo-French hanaper (Anglo-Latin hanepario), from Old French hanepier "case for holding a large goblet or cup;" in medical use "skull," also "helmet; armored leather cap," from hanap "goblet," from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old Saxon hnapp "cup, bowl;" Old High German hnapf, German Napf, Old English hnæpp). The word also meant (15c.) "the department of Chancery into which fees were paid for sealing and enrolling charters, etc." The first -a- may be a French attempt to render Germanic hn- into an acceptable Romanic form.
1835, "things important for a ship but in the way at certain times" (Klein's definition), from French hamper "to impede." Hence top hamper, originally "upper masts, spars, rigging, etc. of a sailing ship."