- 1North American A large basket with a lid used for laundry: a laundry hamperMore example sentences
- 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 hamperMore example sentences
- 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.
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.
- Hinder or impede the movement or progress of: their work is hampered by lack of fundsMore example sentences
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
- 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.
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- Necessary but cumbersome equipment on a ship.More example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English (in the sense 'shackle, entangle, catch'): perhaps related to German hemmen 'restrain'.