from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having too much weight aloft; hence, top-heavy.


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  • The Spaniards bought her from a New York millionaire, but she was an old model then, and they have top-hampered her with armor and guns until they have knocked what little speed she had out of her.

    A Voyage with Captain Dynamite

  • General Burnside, whose anxiety for the fate of his army was intense, many of the vessels on which the troops were embarked being nothing more than huge top-hampered river steamers, with projecting guards that would smash up like cardboard if fairly struck by a sea.

    The Civil War in America

  • She certainly looks singularly top-hampered, -- altogether unlike any British ship that I have ever seen.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World


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