- a clasp for a door, lid, etc., especially one passing over a staple and fastened by a pin or a padlock.
- to fasten with or as with a hasp.
Origin of hasp
Examples from the Web for hasp
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
She turned the key with a wrench, and the hasp shot from its place.The Master-Knot of Human Fate
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.Cabbages and Kings
- 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
- (tr) to secure (a door, window, etc) with a hasp
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.