Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as hamper, 1.
- n. Same as hanap, 1.
- n. A receptacle for documents or valuable articles, formerly used in England. It was often made of wickerwork, and sometimes covered with leather.
- n. [capitalized] An office (in full, the Hanaper Office) of the English Court of Chancery, from which various writs were formerly sent out. So called because all writs regarding the public were once kept in a hanaper (in hanaperio), and those concerning the crown in a little sack or bag. Also called
- n. A kind of basket, usually of wickerwork, and adapted for the packing and carrying of articles; a hamper
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of basket, usually of wickerwork, and adapted for the packing and carrying of articles; a hamper.
- Late Latin hanaperium ("a large vase"), from hanaus ("vase, bowl, cup") (whence French hanap); of Frankish origin; compare Old North German hnapf, German Napf, akin to Anglo Saxon hnæp ("cup, bowl"). Compare hamper, nappy (Wiktionary)
“But I cannot distinctly connect the _hanap_ of the exhibition with _hanaper_: and I perhaps ought to look in another direction for its true signification and etymology.”
“Now I cannot find _hanap_ in any dictionary to which I have access; but I find _hanaper_ in every one.”
“Another kind of receptacle for records was a small turned box, called a "skippet," and another was the "hanaper," or hamper, a basket made of twigs or wicker-work.”
“I had no guess; and I seized on the idea of that mystic shoe-horn with delight, even as, a little later, I should have written flagon, chalice, hanaper, beaker, or any word that might have appealed to me at the moment as least contaminate with mean associations.”
“John Hales, clerk of the hanaper, a learned and able man, and, like all who espoused this party, a zealous protestant, had written, and secretly circulated, a book in defence of the claims of the lady Catherine, and he had also procured opinions of foreign lawyers in favor of the validity of her marriage.”
“‘housewife’ and ‘hussey’; ‘hanaper’ and ‘hamper’; ‘puisne’ and ‘puny’;”
“This fee appears to have been paid, notwithstanding the express terms of the charter that no fee great or small should be paid or made or by any means given to the hanaper to the king’s use.”
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