1. A large basket, usually with a cover, used for the packing and carrying of articles; as, a hamper of wine; a clothes hamper; an oyster hamper, which contains two bushels.
  2. A shackle; a fetter; anything which impedes.
  3. Articles ordinarily indispensable, but in the way at certain times.

v. t.

  1. To put in a hamper.
  2. To put a hamper or fetter on; to shackle; to insnare; to inveigle; hence, to impede in motion or progress; to embarrass; to encumber.