There are 2 definitions of hamper in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhampə
 
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noun

  • 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, holder
  • 1.1British A basket or box containing food for a special occasion: a Christmas food hamper
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    • At Christmas Jan specialises in Christmas baskets, picnic baskets and Christmas hampers.
    • Over two days 18,000 people went through the gates at the Alice Springs Show and the ABC stall attracted hundreds of visitors keen to chat and enter the competition to win two hampers of ABC goodies.
    • Prizes on offer include, hampers, turkeys, biscuits, cakes and bottles of spirits to name just few.
  • 1.2North 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.

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

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Pronunciation: /ˈhampə
 
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verb

[with object]

noun

[mass noun] Nautical Back to top  
  • 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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