mid-14c., "a kind of door latch," and said to be still the name for rings for raising thumb-latches in the north of England, appears to be what it looks like: what you say when you open the door ("have good day;" cf. the 1414 record of them as hafgooddays).

Nearby words

  1. hagen, walter,
  2. hagerstown,
  3. hagfish,
  4. haggada,
  5. haggadah,
  6. haggadic,
  7. haggadist,
  8. haggai,
  9. haggard,
  10. haggard, sir henry rider

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper