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[hasp] /hæsp/
a clasp for a door, lid, etc., especially one passing over a staple and fastened by a pin or a padlock.
verb (used with object)
to fasten with or as with a hasp.
Origin of hasp
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hæsp, hæpse; cognate with German Haspe hasp; akin to Dutch haspel reel, Old Norse hespa skein, hasp Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hasp
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  • Hands quivering, Thad snapped back the hasp, lifted the lid.

    Salvage in Space John Stewart Williamson
  • There was a slight crack, and it swung inwards as the screws of the hasp drew.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • She turned the key with a wrench, and the hasp shot from its place.

  • It was on the hasp, an' he pushed it open, an' keeked bauldly in.

  • He slipped down into the sloop and kicked loose the hasp of the hatch.

  • Brass hinges and hasp will also be found great improvements.

    Scotch Loch-Fishing AKA Black Palmer, William Senior
  • The lock had been forced; the hasp was hanging, suspended from a twisted staple.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • The bar is locked by means of a hasp attached to the standard in which the lock is sunk.

    The Care of Books John Willis Clark
  • As Elissa fumbled at the hasp of the door of the garden, Metem overtook her.

    Elissa H. Rider Haggard
  • “There is some one trying to come in, and fumbling at the hasp,” said his father.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for hasp


a metal fastening consisting of a hinged strap with a slot that fits over a staple and is secured by a pin, bolt, or padlock
(transitive) to secure (a door, window, etc) with a hasp
Word Origin
Old English hæpse; related to Old Norse hespa, Old High German haspa hasp, Dutch haspel reel, Sanskrit capa bow
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Word Origin and History for hasp

Old English hæpse "fastening, clip," with later Old English metathesis of -p- and -s-. Related to Old Norse hespa "hasp, fastening," Middle Dutch, German haspe "clamp, hinge, hook," of uncertain origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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