Pronunciation: (ham'pur),[key] —v.t. 1. to hold back; hinder; impede: A steady rain hampered the progress of the work. 2. to interfere with; curtail: The dancers' movements were hampered by their elaborate costumes.
—n. Naut.gear that, although necessary to the operations of a vessel, is sometimes in the way.
Pronunciation: (ham'pur),[key] —n. 1. a large basket or wickerwork receptacle, usually with a cover: picnic hamper; clothes hamper. 2. Brit.such a basket together with its contents, esp. food.