(noun, verb)


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

Similar word(s): bond, shackle, trammel

Definition categories: man–made, constraint, restraint

2. a basket usually with a cover

Definition categories: man–made, basket, handbasket

Sentences with hamper as a noun:

- a hamper of wine

- a clothes hamper

- an oyster hamper, which contains two bushels


1. prevent the progress or free movement of

- He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather

Similar word(s): cramp, halter, strangle

Definition categories: change, bound, confine, limit, restrict, throttle, trammel

2. put at a disadvantage

Similar word(s): handicap, hinder

Definition categories: competition, disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour

Sentences with hamper as a verb:

- Competition pigeons are hampered for the truck trip to the point of release where the race back starts.