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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: hanaper 'case for holding cups' (13-19 centuries), from Old French hanap 'cup'

hamper

2 noun
     
hamper
Related topics: Cleaning, Outdoor
hamper2 [countable]
1DLO British English a basket with a lid, which is used for carrying food or sending it to someone as a present:
a picnic hamper
They sent us a lovely Christmas hamper.
2 American EnglishDHC a large basket that you put dirty clothes in until they can be washed [= laundry basket British English]

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