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HAM'PER, noun [contracted form hanaper, or from hand pannier.]

1. A large basket for conveying things to market, etc.

2. Fetters, or some instrument that shackles.

[This signification and that of the verb following indicate that this word is from hanaper, and that the latter is from the sense of interweaving twigs.]

HAM'PER, verb transitive [See the Noun.] To shackle; to entangle; hence, to impede in motion or progress, or to render progress difficult.

A lion hampered in a net.

1. To ensnare; to inveigle; to catch with allurements.

2. To tangle; to render complicated.

3. To perplex; to embarrass.

Hampered by the laws.