There are 2 definitions of hamper in English:

hamper1

Syllabification: ham·per
Pronunciation: /ˈhampər
 
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noun

1North American A large basket with a lid used for laundry: a laundry hamper
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • He used it as a remote eavesdropping device, tucked beneath beds and hidden in laundry hampers, capturing closed-door confessions and seizing suburban secrets.
1.1A basket with a carrying handle and a hinged lid, used for food, cutlery, and plates on a picnic: a picnic hamper
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  • Marlon convinces him that it's only jealousy and then asks him to help him carry the picnic hamper.
  • 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.
  • Spectators were asked to leave items not required during their trip, including picnic hampers and bags, outside.
Synonyms
basket, pannier, wickerwork basket; box, container

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.

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There are 2 definitions of hamper in English:

hamper2

Syllabification: ham·per
Pronunciation: /ˈhampər
 
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verb

[with object]
Hinder or impede the movement or progress of: their work is hampered by lack of funds
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  • It is for the younger generation to liberate the nation from the fetters hampering its progress.
  • The police organised several cranes to tow away vehicles in the area that were hampering the movement of the fire fighters.
  • The second rower's time in Sydney has not all gone smoothly, with injury hampering his progress at the club he joined in 2000.
Synonyms
hinder, obstruct, impede, inhibit, retard, balk, thwart, foil, curb, delay, set back, slow down, hobble, hold up, interfere with; restrict, constrain, trammel, block, check, curtail, frustrate, cramp, bridle, handicap, cripple, hamstring, shackle, fetter
informal stymie, hog-tie, throw a (monkey) wrench in the works of

noun

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Necessary but cumbersome equipment on a ship.
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  • 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'.

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