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/

verb

[with object]

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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