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.

Definitions of hamper
  1. verb
    prevent the progress or free movement of
    “He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather”
    synonyms: cramp, halter, strangle
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    type of:
    bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
    place limits on (extent or access)
  2. verb
    put at a disadvantage
    synonyms: handicap, hinder
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    disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour
    put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm
  3. noun
    a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
    synonyms: bond, shackle, trammel
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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
  4. noun
    a basket usually with a cover
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    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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