A selection of wicker hampers.




  • To put into a hamper.
  • To put a hamper or fetter on; to shackle
  • To impede in motion or progress.


  • From Middle English hamper, contracted from hanaper, hanypere, from Anglo-Norman hanaper, Old French hanapier, hanepier, from hanap, from Frankish *hnapp, from Proto-Germanic *hnappaz. Cognate with Old High German hnapf (German Napf), Dutch nap, Old English hnæpp. More at nap.
  • From Middle English hamperen, hampren, probably of the same origin as English hamble, Scots hamp, Dutch haperen, German hemmen. More at hamble.

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