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1 [ham-per]
verb (used with object)
to hold back; hinder; impede: A steady rain hampered the progress of the work.
to interfere with; curtail: The dancers' movements were hampered by their elaborate costumes.
Nautical. gear that, although necessary to the operations of a vessel, is sometimes in the way.

1300–50; Middle English hampren; akin to Old English hamm enclosure, hemm hem1

hamperedly, adverb
hamperedness, noun
hamperer, noun
unhampered, adjective
unhampering, adjective

1. obstruct, encumber, trammel, clog. See prevent.

1. further, encourage, facilitate.
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hamper1 (ˈhæmpə)
1.  (tr) to prevent the progress or free movement of
2.  nautical gear aboard a vessel that, though essential, is often in the way
[C14: of obscure origin; perhaps related to Old English hamm enclosure, hemmhem1]

hamper2 (ˈhæmpə)
1.  a large basket, usually with a cover
2.  (Brit) such a basket and its contents, usually food
3.  (US) a laundry basket
[C14: variant of hanaper]

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Word Origin & History

c.1350, hampren "to surround, imprison, confine," later "to pack in a container," of unknown origin, possibly from hamper (n.), or somehow connected to M.E. hamelian "to maim." The noun meaning "things important for a ship but in the way at certain times" (1835) is from Fr. hamper "to impede."

"large basket," 1316, contraction of Anglo-Fr. hanaper (Anglo-L. hanepario), from O.Fr. hanepier "case for holding a large goblet or cup," from hanap "goblet," from Frank. (cf. O.S. hnapp "cup, bowl;" O.H.G. hnapf).
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