Definition of hamper noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhæmpə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmpər//
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  1. 1a large basket with a lid, especially one used to carry food in a picnic hamper
  2. 2(especially British English) a box or package containing food, sent as a gift a Christmas hamper
  3. 3(North American English) a large basket that you keep your dirty clothes in until they are washed
  4. Word Originnoun Middle English (denoting any large case or casket): from Anglo-Norman French hanaper ‘case for a goblet’, from Old French hanap ‘goblet’, of Germanic origin.Extra examples a picnic hamper packed with delicious food The lucky winner will receive a luxury hamper crammed full of local produce. a laundry/​clothes hamper
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