hamper

Anything that hampers slows progress or makes it difficult to do something. You might think that the presence of your parents hampers your ability to look cool.

The verb hamper is for those times when normal progress is slow but not shut down completely. Hamper often describes travel during bad weather, like icy conditions that could hamper holiday travel. Hamper means "slow going." You may have heard of noun form of hamper, a container for holding dirty laundry: If your hamper is full, the need to do laundry could hamper your plans of going out and having fun.

Primary Meanings of hamper

1.
vn
prevent the progress or free movement of
a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
2.
n
a basket usually with a cover
Full Definitions of hamper
1

v prevent the progress or free movement of

“He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather”
Synonyms:
cramp, halter, strangle
Type of:
bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
place limits on (extent or access)

v put at a disadvantage

Synonyms:
handicap, hinder
Type of:
disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour
put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm

n a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)

Synonyms:
bond, shackle, trammel
Types:
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ball and chain
heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner by a chain
fetter, hobble
a shackle for the ankles or feet
cuff, handcuff, handlock, manacle
shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist; usually used in pairs
chains, irons
metal shackles; for hands or legs
Type of:
constraint, restraint
a device that retards something's motion
2

n a basket usually with a cover

Types:
clothes basket, clothes hamper, laundry basket, voider
a hamper that holds dirty clothes to be washed or wet clothes to be dried
food hamper
a hamper for packing and transporting food
Type of:
basket, handbasket
a container that is usually woven and has handles

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